By Trenton Scroggins, The Madison Courier
An 18-year-old Madison Consolidated High School senior has filed in the Democratic primary for the Madison mayor’s race, bringing the total candidate count to four — two on the Republican ticket and two on the Democratic ticket.
Bryan Hernandez, the son of Elma Garcia and Oscar Hernandez of Madison, entered the race Friday, the final day for filing.
The candidate’s family is originally from Texas and has lived in Madison for nearly six years.
“I’m a very diverse candidate — I can speak two languages fluently,” Hernandez said.
“I am truly passionate about this and want people to know that this is not just a spectacle.”
The first and only other candidate to file in the Democratic primary for the mayor’s race is former county commissioner Julie Berry.
Ex-Republican Party chair Bob Courtney and City of Madison Community Relations Director Andrew Forrester filed on the Republican primary ticket.
Though Hernandez is a senior at Madison High School, he said he spends most of his time immersed in Ivy Tech Community College’s dual credit courses and plans to graduate by the end of this semester.
He has been accepted at Northern Kentucky University for the spring of 2020 and plans to spend this fall working through a six-month Marine Corps bootcamp.
Hernandez is fluent in English and Spanish and is a tutor for the Independent Learning Academy.
He has worked in retail, including at Goodwill and Walmart, and is a member of the Anchor Club, a group that actively volunteers throughout the city, where he put in more than 80 service hours last year and many more throughout previous years, he said.
Hernandez has two sisters, one 11, and the other 19.
Hernandez said he wants to focus on juvenile criminal reform and educational reform in city and vocational schools — reform that would center on student interests and needs.
“I primarily want to show that young politicians like myself can be involved in politics,” Hernandez said in a phone interview Friday morning.
“I’m proud of my ethnicity…representation shows demonstration.”
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