West Liberty Student Adam Croasmun Eyes Future Run for the White House
WEST LIBERTY — While many college students are focused on their first job prospects outside of school, elementary education major Adam Croasmun, 22, of Paden City, is looking much farther into his future — hoping to one day be president of the United States.
In addition to student teaching for his major, he is currently the student government president of West Liberty University and a resident assistant. He is the founder and president of Planned Parenthood Generation Action at the WLU campus.
“It’s a lot of work, but I like balancing my time to do what I can until I leave West Liberty,” Croasmun said.
“I feel like I can make a difference with Planned Parenthood in my community and do a lot for West Liberty along with our executive board, and obviously student teaching is really preparing me for my future. With resident assisting, I get to work with many students and get to know people.”
“I want to make a difference starting small. I do want to run for public office in the West Virginia House (of Delegates) or Senate one day.”
Croasmun is very focused on women’s health and said he plans to use his platform to connect people rather than separate.
“It’s not a Republican or Democrat issue — it is an American issue. Women are a majority of our country and women do a lot of things and I think it’s important to work for them and fight on behalf of them,” Croasmun said.
“What really inspired me to strive for a political position is, we have so many issues in our country, even when we had a Democrat in office, we were fighting against each other. We need to work together,” he said. “I think that if I can be bipartisan and I can go into office and we can work together, we can get people from all kinds of sides to come together,” Croasmun said.
Amid the statewide teacher strike across West Virginia, Croasmun hopes to see the government improve salaries and benefits for educators.
“While the work on raises has been finished, I truly hope (Public Employees Insurance Agency) is fixed before the freeze is up in 2019. I have faith in our leaders from all political parties, so I’m really trusting that they’ll be there for all teachers, service personnel and public employees,” he said.