South San district elects youngest board member

Joseph Savage now youngest elected public official in SA

Author: Stephanie Serna, Reporter, sserna@ksat.com
Published On: Nov 09 2012 09:54:23 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 09 2012 10:53:58 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

There's a new face on the South San school board and while he was just elected Tuesday, he's already making history.

Joseph "JoeJo" Savage, 22, is now the youngest elected public official in San Antonio.

"It's a lot to live up to," Savage said. "But I'm trying to take it in stride."

Savage said he knows he has got his work cut out for him and as the newest and youngest board member to be elected in the district's history, he'll have a lot more responsibility than most 22-year-olds.

"Knowing that I'm in charge of 10,000 children, people's tax dollars, any decisions I make could affect the lives of thousands of people," he said.

And aside from being the youngest to be elected to the South San board, Savage is also the first African American to be elected to the board.

However, for this 22-year-old trustee, who attended school in the South San district and who has a mother who has worked for South San for 33 years and a father who has also worked for the district, winning the election was like coming home.

"I grew up here," he said. "My parents met here 25 years ago. So it feels like coming back home."

And now that he is home, Savage said he just wants to do what's right for his district.

"Having someone of his age to come and represent his district is great for South San," said South San ISD Superintendent Rebecca Robinson. "It's an incredible opportunity for him. It's an incredible opportunity for us to work with him."

Savage's first official day on the job is next Wednesday. He'll be sworn in at 6 p.m. and will participate in his first board meeting following the ceremony.