How Young Americans Feel About Running For Political Office

Feb 22, 2016

The next Legacy Build In event will feature local individuals holding political office or campaigning this year who are all under the age of 40.
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  For their book, “Running for Office: Why Young Americans are Turned Off to PoliticsJennifer Lawless and Richard Fox asked more than 4,000 young Americans if they were interested in running for office one day. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said no. So what drives someone to run for political office at a time in their life when most of their peers are focusing their time and energy on building their careers and starting families?

Legacy and the Northern Kentucky Forum will explore that question during Legacy'’s next Build In event this Wednesday, featuring a group of local individuals in political office or campaigning this year who are all under the age of 40.

Joining us to discuss what compels younger Americans to run for and hold office are Cincinnati City Council member Yvette Simpson; City of Bellevue Council Member and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northern Kentucky University, Dr. Ryan Salzman; and Covington City Commissioner, Jordan Huizenga.

Join Legacy and the NKY Forum for “What Compels Young Leaders to Run for Office on February 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Molly Malone's in Covington. For information and reservations, click here.

The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Skyward and Legacy.