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Mary-Patricia Hector pictured alongside Cher at the Women's March on Washington (Twitter).

Youth movement

Why this 19-year old is running for city council in Georgia

February 16, 2017

Mary-Patricia Hector, who is running for a seat on the City Council of Stonecrest, DeKalb County, is one of the youngest candidates to ever run for office in Georgia. “So many times, people just think that young people can’t govern — and they can,” Hector told The New York Times in an interview. “If you are getting into politics for all the right reasons, you just have to pay attention to your constituents and not be afraid to be the voice for them.” Hector will be competing with 16 other candidates for five council seats in Stonecrest, a city of about 50,000 people. Hector is a sophomore, majoring in political science and comparative women’s studies at Spelman College. Despite her young age, Hector has already amassed some significant experience in community organizing. At 11 years old, she engineered a sit-in to demand a new recreation center, and more recently she worked as the national youth director for the National Action Network and as a youth leader for Hillary for America’s Millennial Victory Council. Her platform, which she is promoting by calling voters, going door to door and visiting places of worship, includes addressing youth violence and promoting business and investment, with her saying she wants to make her region into “the Silicon Valley of the South.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.