GREENSBORO, N.C. – Running for class or school program president is nothing new. It all starts with wanting to make a difference. But, the discipline and adorable seriousness of Cayden Stanley sticks out.
Wanting to improve the 4th and 5th grade atmosphere for students at Alamance Elementary, Cayden ran for president of his afterschool program, After-School Care Enrichment (ACES.)
Scribbled on a piece of paper in bright, bold colors are the words “Vote For Me! Cayden Alexander Stanley.” Using a number two pencil, Cayden wrote out his carefully conceived platform for President.
The 9-year-old wrote funny things, like making sure people don’t talk back or use age-old “yo momma” jokes.
“Because a lot of people insult their moms and talk smack about each other,” the young boy said.
On a more serious note, Cayden included jobs for everyone (at the school.)
“Because they need to learn to have responsibility and take action for themselves,” he explained.
Cayden also want to ensure no one gets hurt or gets into riots (on the playground.)
There so much more Cayden said he wants to accomplish in his role as President.
“I want to stop bullying,” Cayden said before mentioning the top three things he wants to end in the world. “War, hunger and people on the street.”
It would be no surprise to know Cayden keeps up with the national race for President. In fact, the latest election is what pushed Cayden to run himself.
“It inspired me to make a better place and stop whatever bad stuff is happening right now in this world.”
Chris and Sherricka Stanely, Cayden’s mom and dad, were unware their youngest son ran such a successful campaign.
“Cayden is an interesting guy,” said Chris.” He can be disciplined, he can be athletic and he can be free-willed. So, some of it was a little surprising in a sense that he is paying attention politically to what’s going on, even more so that some adults. The surprising part is not what he knows, it’s that he knows.”
Sherricka said she doesn’t shield any of her three children from the news, the election or national and world events. She took her children to see President Barack Obama, who campaigned in Greensboro in early October.
“I thought it was really fun to see him and I thought it was really inspiring to see Barack Obama, out first black president,” Cayden said.
Sherricka admitted she didn’t think the election would have the impact is has on Cayden.
“I was tickled pink,” she said, after learning he won his ACES election. “Because it’s so him. It’s so his personality.”
“He’s a natural born leader,” his dad added.
Cayden can’t vote for a few (okay 9) more years, but said he’s paid attention to the Republican and Democratic candidates.
“I think it’s kind of crazy because there’s a lot of bad stuff going on between Trump and Hillary (sic).”
He admitted, if he could vote, he would cast it for the latter.
“Hillary (Clinton),” said Cayden. “She helps kids, she helped on 9/11 and she wouldn’t build a wall, she would let immigrants in but check them.”
Cayden didn’t agree with Donald Trump’s pitch to build a wall along the Mexican border.
“He should let some immigrants in. He should make sure they are safe to come in instead of building a wall and thinking all immigrants are terrorists.”
Now that Cayden’s starting his term as president of his after-school program, would he considered staying in politics and someday running for President of the United States?
“No,” Cayden said with a head shake and a light laugh. “It’s too much.”
Cayden also ran for president of his class, but lost by two votes.