Jennifer Tang, 30

What career best prepares you for public office? Law? Business? Bloomfield High School teacher Jennifer Tang thinks education. To the Monterey Park native, her city embodies the American dream. She’s running to preserve that environment for the next generation.

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Eric Woods, 30

Eric Woods fought against election officials who tried to silence the youth vote. Today, the 30-year-old Missouri State House hopeful is continuing that fight for a stronger and more inclusive democracy in Missouri.

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Gary Bradley-Lopez, 21

4th year college student Gary Bradley-Lopez decided to run for office out of anger - anger at the lack of diversity on his hometown’s school board. A recent graduate of the district, he hopes to be the first elected Hispanic school board member on USD 500 Board of Education in Kansas City.

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Alex Lee, 24

The youngest candidate by far in his election, South Bay native Alex Lee is running for Assemblymember of his home district. After serving as President of UC Davis, he hopes to continue fighting for disenfranchised communities by tackling California’s housing issues.

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Jamie Tijerina, 31

A scientist for city council? An academic by trade, Jamie Tijerina is running to get Los Angeles City Council to focus on the issues facing young people, from the housing crisis to the environment. She spoke with us about how we can make STEM fields more accessible to young people of color, especially in a city where cost-of-living in ever growing.

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Danielle Kempe, 34

Danielle Kempe has spent years advocating for people with disabilities in Quincy. She aims to leverage her background in non-profits on the Quincy City Council, to make her local government more accessible to its constituents.

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Colton Thornton, 26

The state of Mississippi currently has no equal protection bills, causing many young people to flee the state seeking more welcoming communities. Colton Thorton, 26, hopes to move the state forward and be a voice for young people in the Mississippi State Senate.

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Robert Hoggard, 26

Robert Hoggard, 26, is a Ph.D. student at the University of Rochester hoping to win a seat on the Rochester City School District School Board. He’s invested in developing trauma-informed practices, restorative justice in discipline efforts, expanding quality after-school programs, and special education reform.

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Johanna Gusman, 35

From Manila to Cairo, Johanna Gusman has traveled the world fighting injustice as a human rights lawyer. Donning her signature jean jacket, she’s returned home to advocate for the human rights behind denied to people in her home state of Virginia.

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Jimmy Pereira, 28

At 28, Jimmy Pereira could be the next mayor of Brockton, Massachusetts. A transportation planner focused on environmental justice, he’s tackled the issues affecting the health of his community. After over half a decade of public service, he’s running to create a more accessible government for Brockton.

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