Don't let his age fool you; Andrew Atkinson has big plans for the Borough of Oxford that involves the utilization of its young people."I feel I bring a creative mind and enthusiasm to Council," said Atkinson, who, at just 29 years of age, was elected to Borough Council in a landslide of votes during the November election.
Atkinson has lived in the Oxford Area for 22 years, and is currently employed as a Social Studies teacher at the nearby Avon Grove High School.
He is a 2002 graduate of Temple University and is currently attending Wilmington College in pursuit of his Master's Degree in Education.
Atkinson said that one of his main goals as a new Council member is to get more young people interested in local government in order to give them more of a "voice" in the Borough.
"We have a lot of exceptional high school students who live in town and would think everyone would be supportive of finding a way to showcase their talents," said Atkinson, and suggested recreation and community service as possible activities.
Atkinson is also interested in using his position as a way to help market downtown businesses.
"I believe as council members, we are each ambassadors of the town of Oxford," he said. "We need to make sure we let the surrounding communities know that there are exciting opportunities in our town."
"I am also a huge fan of Mayor Henry and Council President Randy Teel's vision for Oxford," said Atkinson.
Mayor Henry has been a tremendous spokesperson for Oxford and does not get enough credit," he said.
Atkinson praised Henry's creation of the Citizen Recognition Awards, and pointed out that Henry is currently accepting nominations for 2008. "Our town has an abundance of qualified people," said Atkinson.
Information on the 2008 Citizen Recognition Awards can be found at www.themayorofoxford.com.
Atkinson will also Chair the Codes Committee, and serve as a member of the Special Projects Committee, the Local Traffic Advisory Committee (LTAC), the Finance and Personnel Committee and the Police and Safety Committee.
Atkinson is looking forward to serving his town and is honored by the support that he received from voters.
"I would like to say thank you to everyone who came out to vote on Election Day, not just those that voted for me," said Atkinson, who also said that it was encouraging to see so many people vote in an election where there were no national candidates on the ballot.
"It is an honor to be one of our town's representatives and I will work to make sure I let none of you down," he said.