A 2011 graduate of , who rose to national attention for asking officials to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance at the school, has pulled out papers to run for a seat in the School Committee, the Town Clerk's Office confirmed Tuesday.
Sean Harrington, 18, spent much of his high school career gathering 700 signatures of support for his petition to have the at Arlington High School. Now, he is making a run to join the committee, one of the youngest candidates to ever do so.
"I’ve always wanted to give back to Arlington, give back to the school system," Harrington said in a phone interview. "Because I just graduated high school, I have a really useful perspective that would be needed in the School Committee."
The seats occupied by committee Chair Cindy Starks and member Jeff Thielman are up for reelection in 2012. Starks has already pulled out papers for reelection, Town Clerk Stephanie Lucarelli said Tuesday.
Harrington said he is "heavily considering" a race for the School Committee, though he may not run pending resolution of a couple of personal issues. If that doesn't work, he will run for Town Meeting, he added.
Harrington and the were thrust into the national spotlight after the School Committee deadlocked on an to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance at Arlington High School.
Though the pledge had been recited at all elementary schools and at Ottoson Middle School, it stopped being recited daily at the high school decades ago.
In August 2010, the School Committee voted unanimously to approve a new policy for all of the Arlington Public Schools of the Pledge of Allegiance.
On Tuesday, Harrington said one of his priorities as a School Committee member would be reconnecting the committee with the Arlington community.
"There are many people who told me they feel detached from the School Committee," he said. "I don’t think that should be the case."
Harrington added he would also work on .
He added a final decision on his race for School Committee would come early January.