Meet New Elected Officials: NES Governor Derek Lo


  1. Why did you decide to run for your position?

I decided to run for governor after hearing from many of your ideas and concerns in the state, and I want to combine them with my vision for the NES. I felt that these ideas, along with my extensive experience on both regional and state cabinets, as well as having served as a chapter officer make me qualified and prepared for this position. I also saw that the position of governor requires a strong work ethic and dedication to the cause, and that has also propelled me into running for governor, as I saw myself as one with those necessary skills.

2. Who were some of your JSA mentors who helped you become who you are today?

One of my JSA mentors was Adam Wolpert. A member of my chapter since his sophomore year, his encouragement pushed me to get more involved in JSA and seek out every opportunity available. His advice and support helped me a more confident, dedicated individual, both in JSA and outside of it as well.

Another JSA mentor was Nate Bradley. He and I served together on regional cabinet my sophomore year and ran against each other at the end of that year. His respect and warm personality are second to none and were unwavering, despite the fact we were opponents at the time. We both knew the region would be good hands. When I decided to run for governor this past winter, he immediately jumped on my campaign, offering his constant support and advice that I value so much. I am so grateful to him for teaching me several lessons on campaigning and life in general that have helped me so much.

Another JSA mentor was Alyssa Wang. My boss sophomore year, her incredible work ethic and dedication to JSA were unparalleled. She stuck to motto #NERBestbyFar, made me realized one’s ability to do anything they wanted to do if they gave it their all.

3. What was your reaction when you learned you won?

I was kind of shocked and tried to process everything at once. I was stunned at the overwhelming margin of victory. It made me so happy that people want to see the ideas my campaign team and I came up implemented. After having lost the NER mayoral race the year before, it was a bittersweet moment for me.

4. What will your main focus be for next year?

My main focus for next year is bringing up attendance numbers and increased communication and transparency within the state

5. Political Icon?

My political icon is Leung Kwok-Hung, a Hong Kong legislator, and social activist. He has fought for democracy and freedom of speech through civil disobedience and nonviolent protesting. As a Hong Kong-American, I look up to him as one who has taken a firm stance against the pro-Beijing government and remains committed to ensuring liberties and freedoms are not taken away from the people of Hong Kong despite having been arrested many times for protesting and burning the Chinese flag, and spending time in prison.

6. Favorite JSA memory?

My first time at a JSA event, NER Spring One Day 2015,  where I debated for the first time. Then, it like clicked for me. I realized that I had finally found the organization that I could dedicate myself to and get as involved as I wanted to.

7. Favorite movie or tv show?

The West Wing and Pride and Prejudice (1995 version)

8. Favorite musical artist

George Lam and Sam Hui

9. Favorite food?

Gyros and Pho

10. Favorite hobby outside of JSA?

Reading pretty much anything or Drawing

11. Favorite subject in school?

History, Economics, and Government

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