Members of Gen Z are running for office positions across the country in hopes of giving a voice to the younger generation. But it’s not coming easy.
As young candidates combat what they deem as some of the biggest issues for the next generation – climate change, reproductive rights, gun control, racial equality – they simultaneously face an uphill battle fundraising at a competitive level, being taken seriously and often find themselves juggling multiple jobs to keep an income while campaigning on the side.
“They are not a traditional candidate,” said Juan Ramiro Sarmiento, the national press secretary for Run for Something, a progressive organization that recruits young candidates. “People often think that that’s a lawyer, someone who has been established in their career or comes from a dynasty of political people … We believe we are changing the conversation as to what a typical politician looks like.”
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