Fast results: from Student Senate president to elected public official in just seven months
He's been out of college for just a few months, and Dustin Wickersham, BA '07, has already been elected to public office.
This past November, he received twice as many votes as any other candidate (including an incumbent with over 20 years experience) to become the newest trustee of Stokes Township in Logan County, Ohio.
As a former president of ONU's student senate, Wickersham credits much of his current success to his time spent at the University. "My experiences at Northern really pushed me to serve my community. My education taught me that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right. Through my experiences on Student Senate, I learned that you can't accomplish very much by yourself. The key to being successful is the people that are on your same team."
Long before serving on student senate, Wickersham was fascinated by the idea of public service. He remembers, "When I was young, a close neighbor of mine named Ed Hart would take me to the local Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce meetings. I would get to meet local and state elected officials. I remember being fascinated by what they talked about, and I could see the passion they had for what they were doing. I knew I wanted to be part of that."
"Then, for an eighth-grade job-shadow assignment, I chose my state representative, Ed Core," Wickersham continues. "As an eighth grader it was the most fascinating experience, and I enjoyed every minute. I knew at that time that I wanted to be in public service and that someday I would run for public office."
Wickersham adds, "Throughout my life I have been very fortunate to have mentors who have had an impact on my life. While at Northern one mentor who really inspired me to be in public service was the Hon. Robert Cupp, BA '73, JD '76. He has dedicated his life to public service, serving as county commissioner, state senator, court of appeals judge, and today Ohio Supreme Court justice. While at Northern I was fortunate to have Bob Cupp as a professor and a friend. I really have lots of respect for him and what he has done for his community. I hope that one day I will be to able accomplish half of what he has done."
If the results of his first post-collegiate election are any indication, it seems that Wickersham is well on his way.