Bridgewater Freshman Elected to Elkton Town Council
Joshua Gooden is only 18 years old – he will turn 19 on Nov. 11 – but already he has claimed a unique niche among his peers at Bridgewater College.
Gooden, a freshman business administration major, has just been elected to the council of his home town of Elkton, Va., a community of approximately 2,900 residents located in Rockingham County at the intersection of U.S. 33 and U.S. 340.
Gooden received 631 votes in Elkton’s Town Council election Nov. 6. The Bridgewater student was the top vote-getter among six candidates for three open seats on the six-member governing body. His share represented nearly 20 percent of the ballots cast for the council election.
Gooden, who is a 2012 graduate of East Rockingham High School, said he doesn’t expect his youth to be an issue when working with other members of the Elkton council – the youngest of whom is about three times his age.
“I think it’s kind of more of a benefit,” he told the Daily News-Record of Harrisonburg. “It just helps them with understanding a different perspective of a different age group, and the age group that’s going to have to worry about what’s going on in the future.”
Roy Ferguson, Bridgewater College’s interim president, congratulated Gooden, noting that his election is a remarkable achievement for anyone, but especially for a young person.
“He obviously demonstrated to the people of Elkton his maturity and seriousness of purpose,” said Ferguson.