Syosset High School senior Joshua Lafazan became the youngest elected official in New York State after winning a seat on the district’s Board of Education Tuesday, despite accusations from officials that his father stole internal documents from a school building this week.
Lafazan’s supporters came out in force Tuesday, helping him earn more than 4,700 votes. And he hasn’t even completed high school yet.
In a message on his Facebook page, Lafazan thanked those who rallied behind him, which allowed him to make history on the same night that the majority of Long Island school budgets were also approved.
“Without your confidence in me and your willingness to spread the word about me, this victory could not have been possible,” he said. “If anyone has any suggestions to help improve this district, do not hesitate to contact me and share those ideas with me.”
Nassau County police confirmed that they’re still investigating allegations that his father, Jeffrey, took district’s absentee ballot lists from inside a building and outran a security guard who tried to stop him.
The district also sent out a slew of robo calls to parents reporting that Jeffrey Lafazan “removed the records without permission and ran away.”
Lafazan told the Press on Monday that this was all part of “smear campaign to put down my campaign.”
Lofazan also served as senior class president at Syosset High School and gained notoriety with his Safe Ride Syosset program, which teens can call to get picked up by a designated driver if they had a little too much to drink.
One day after he was elected to the board of education seat, one of his supporters was already predicting a race for higher office.
“Everyone is talking about you running for something else in 18 years,” the Facebook user wrote. “Lets see that will be after 2 Romney terms and two Chris Christie terms!”