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Former Page fights to save the page program

October 17, 2006

Valdosta - At 23, John Eunice is the youngest city councilman in Valdosta history.

He was a part of the 2001-2002 Congressional Page class, and says that experience has gotten him to where he is today.  "The page program and the contacts I have made in Washington are by far one of the biggest assets I had in running for council and getting elected," Eunice says.

When Congressman Foley resigned amid accusations of having inappropriate contact with former pages, the program, almost as old as Congress itself, was put in danger of being eliminated.

Eunice, as well as other former pages around the country are speaking out, hoping to keep the tradition alive and give other teens the same opportunities he had.  "We are firmly behind the page program and do not want to see it go away," he adds.

Although disappointed in Foley's actions, Eunice believes the incidents surrounding Congressman Foley were isolated, and the page program shouldn't bear the blame.  He says the program has helped countless teens interested in entering politics and has taught others valuable life lessons.  "You only hear about the program when bad things happen, but you don't hear about the several people who are elected members of Congress, because they were pages when they were in high school."

In order to save the page program, a petition has been started and signed by many pages and former pages, including Eunice, stating they hope the valuable program won't be tarnished by the actions of one.

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