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Mr. Sharma goes to Washington

Sharma said one day he plans to run for political office and take his advocacy to the next level.

"I hope to pursue a life in politics because I see it as a place where real, lasting change is truly possible," Sharma said.

Sharma worked as a volunteer for Obama, handling phone calls and registering constituents, while also spending time at several rally events. Sharma said small jobs played a big role in the Obama campaign.

"I also did the effective yet simple task of talking to potential voters about why they should vote for Barack Obama," he said.

Sharma has also been active locally since former teacher Matt Nelligan and teacher Ann Marie McManus were involuntarily transferred to Farnsworth Middle School from Guilderland High School. Sharma supported the teachers during the transfer and spoke out against the move to the school board during a rally to keep the teachers in the high school. Sharma said Nelligan and McManus elicited healthy discussion and debate about many political topics and were excellent teachers.

As a result, Sharma initially planned to protest the school's budget, but in light of recent economic issues, he said he is revisiting the issue.

"My hope is that we can have a budget that preserves the quality of education and the environment in our school district without putting an undue burden on the taxpayers who are struggling during this difficult economy," Sharma said. "I do not think at this time it would be the most effective or appropriate means of addressing the district's inappropriate behavior."

Sharma said he will recommend that others do the same.

"I am going to recommend that United for McManus and Nelligan focus on the upcoming elections and endorse candidates that will serve our community and oppose candidates such as the current Guilderland Board of Education President Richard Weisz," Sharma said.

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