Elementary students stump for votes

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It's not just experienced politicians asking for votes this Election Day but children as well.

Gibson Elementary School in Winston-Salem held its student council election on the same day as the 2014 midterm elections.

Campaign posters filled the hallways for offices including student council president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

A total of five fifth-grade students ran for student council president.

Although politics can get nasty, the candidates said they wanted to run a clean campaign and focus on their qualities as leaders as well as their creative slogans.

"I actually had two, but my most favorite one was ‘call me crazy, but I'm the first lady,’” Desiree Warner said.

"I thought it was fun for my family to come together and to think about what I wanted to say on my posters,” Talea Bowman said.

"The teachers and I, we were talking, and we were just like let’s just let them have fun with it and they’re taking it to another level,” said Seon McLaughlin, third-grade teacher and coordinator of the elections.

The students said they have been watching some of the current election coverage on television and in some ways hope to learn from what candidates in the “real-world” are doing.

However, Sergio Guerra said United States Senate candidates Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis could actually learn from them.

“I’m glad our school isn't like that because they keep on saying bad things about each other,” Guerra said. "They should at least make it a little nicer -- not as mean.”

Fellow students placed their votes during lunch and even received an “I Voted” sticker to prove it.

When asked who would win the president’s race, each candidate raised his or her hand.