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Doctoral Student Alton Runs for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania

ALS Ph.D. Student Brenda AltonIn June 2013, current Administration and Leadership Studies doctoral student Brenda Alton announced her bid for the office of Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Alton has served in state and local government for nearly 20 years. Most recently, she served as director of Parks, Recreation, and Enrichment for the City of Harrisburg.

According to her website, Alton says that “Pennsylvanians deserve to thrive, not just to survive, even in our challenging economic climate.”

When asked how pursuing her PhD impacts her run for the office of Lieutenant Governor, Alton said, “Obtaining my PhD broadens my educational majority which marries my professional experience. I am passionate over education because learning is critical to understanding such a complex world and those that live in it. I also strive to learn because it is important to role model this commitment to women 50 and over, young people, and especially those children that live in environments where they think higher education is not attainable to them. When they hear my story, I can serve as an example that all things are possible when in pursuit of your dream.”

The Department of Sociology congratulates Brenda Alton on her 20-plus years of community service, and wish her all the best during her election campaign and for the completion of her PhD.

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