Tuesday Open Thread: The Under 25 Three
While the 2016 presidential election had some of the oldest candidates in American history, some very young candidates are seeking office at the local level.
Morning Shift talks with three candidates from the Chicago area. All three are Democrats, and all three are seeking office for the first time.
Berto Aguayo, 24, is a community organizer who has led anti-violence protests with The Resurrection Project and has mentored young men of color in former President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper program. He hopes to unseat Alderman Raymond Lopez in Chicago’s 15th ward on the southwest side.
At 22, Ja’Mal Green is the youngest candidate in history to run for mayor of Chicago. He’s started his own nonprofit Majostee Allstars that works with schools to teach nonviolence. He has also served as a surrogate for the Bernie Sanders campaign.
And Hadiya Afzal, 18, is a student at DePaul University. She’s running for the Dupage County Board in District 4, which includes Wheaton, Glen Ellyn and surrounding communities.