Read my story about Ishan Shah here.
Ishan is great. I went over to Mission Coffee after school on Wednesday unsure if his candidacy should even be a story more than a year before the election, but that at least this would be one politician who wouldn’t offer to buy me food.
Sure enough, I arrived to find Ishan sitting at a table with his computer in front of him and a fresh cinnamon roll waiting for me. What could I do? Yum.
As I mention in the story, Ishan knows a lot about Fremont politics for a 16-year-old. But he did get stumped on one easy question: naming Fremont’s five historic districts.
He got Niles, Centerville, Irvington and Mission right away. But he blanked on the last one.
I told him there was a hotel there. But that didn’t register. I told him that nursery there had closed last year, but you can’t expect a 16-year-old to know his nurseries.
Finally, I told him that there was also an elementary school with the same name.
“Gomes?” he guessed.
“No,” I said. “Warm Springs”
He was mad at himself. He insisted that he knew it, but suffered an inopportune “brainfart.”
I believe him.