Penn Master of Liberal Arts student Aidan Sova voted onto Ann Arbor District Library Board of Trustees, becoming city’s youngest-ever Black elected official

Aidan Sova, Ann Arbor’s youngest-ever Black elected official, will serve his community as a library trustee

Congratulations to Aidan Sova (Master of Liberal Arts ’24—expected) for his election to the Ann Arbor District Library Board of Trustees. At 23 years old, Aidan is the youngest Black person ever to be elected to office in Ann Arbor.

Growing up in a low-income, single-parent household, Aidan discovered that public library access and services were an essential part of his early education and development. More recent civic engagement and social advocacy experience enhanced his motivation to run this year for one of the three open board seats with the Ann Arbor District Library. Aidan ran on a platform of service, advocacy, and representation for the underserved in his community. He coordinated his campaign with two other like-minded candidates also eager to fill the open trustee spots. (All three candidates were victorious.)

Aidan is currently a consultant at Google and a graduate student at Penn. His Master of Liberal Arts is focused on strategic communication in complex organizations. Aidan holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and media studies from the University of Michigan. The trustee-elect will serve his four-year term on the library board starting January 1, 2023.

Read more about Aidan and his candidacy in The Daily Pennsylvanian.