'I Personally Feel Scared To Go To School Sometimes'
Ayden Romer, 18
Madison, WI

Since she turned 18, Madison East High School senior Ayden Romer has voted twice — once in the primary in February and again in the spring election in April.

Every election is important, she said. When she goes to college in Ohio this fall, she plans to continue to vote by absentee ballot.

The most important issue, she said, is gun reform.

"It affects a lot of kids my age in my position and school," she said. "And I personally feel scared to go to school sometimes."

An estimated 3,000 students from East and other Madison-area high schools walked out of class and marched to the state capitol in March to call for tougher regulations on guns.

"The fact that these shootings are happening is just horrible," Romer said. "I don't want it to happen in Madison."

"It affects a lot of kids my age in my position and school," she said. "And I personally feel scared to go to school sometimes."

Romer said another top issue she cares about is diversity in representation.

It’s a problem that is present even at the high school level, she said, noting there are not as many students of color in Advanced Placement classes, even though East has a diverse student population.

"We have a lot of people of color in Madison who are not represented," she said.

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