Four Reasons to Build a Young Municipal Network
12 Nov 2019
“I always knew I would run for elected office. I just didn’t know it would be this soon.”
I was first elected to the Hyattsville City Council in 2017. And while I was involved in my community, I recalled while canvassing during my campaign residents would often ask “are you old enough to run?” I knew that signaled the need for a mind shift in how young people in elected office were seen. On my first day as an elected official, “It felt like I had walked into a different world and at times, I felt like I did not belong.”
It’s one of the impetus that inspired me to create a space for local elected officials under 40 to meet each other, support one another, and share perspectives within the Maryland Municipal League. I knew our ideas were important and valuable. I am active in the Young Elected Officials Network and wanted to bring a similar community to MML.