Jason Schaumleffel is joining elite company.Â At just 20-years-old, the Muskingum University sophomore is now one of the youngest officials ever elected in Muskingum County.
After several months of hard work and campaigning, Schaumleffel has won a coveted seat on the Tri-Valley School Board, which is also his Alma Mater. He said his passion for politics all started with a Muskingum County Commissioner’s meeting just three years ago.
“When I went to my first county commissioner meeting, my first public meeting ever, Jim Porter really kind of just made me feel important and kind of ask me questions, and from that point on, I’ve always felt like I wanted to be a public official,” Schaumleffel said.
Schaumleffel graduated from Tri-Valley in 2014Â and has been attending board meetings ever since. He’s involved in 13 organizations at MuskingumÂ and continues to build his resume. He is currently Sophomore Class President, a position that he said prepared him for his newest role.
As the school board’s freshest face, Schaumleffel hopes to encourage post-secondary education and improve student-teacher relations.
“Students, most of them in Tri-Valley cannot afford to go to college, we’re trying to make that available for them, but also just try to revamp the technology stuff, make sure we incorporate that and get them ready for college,” he said.
Schaumleffel studies political science, communication, and economics. His term begins on January 1.
The other young candidate in Muskingum County — Grant Hutcheson was 19-years-old when he was elected to Zanesville City Council.