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To the editor:
Lack of political experience doesn’t equal a “weak” candidate.
We need to shift away from the dysfunctional mindset that “old-guard” type candidates make “strong” candidates. Nothing could be further from the truth, which is why we are seeing such low voter turnout when it comes to millennial and Gen Z constituents.
Before you think this is an “ageist” statement, I’ve seen firsthand that various committee members make comments about candidates being naive, “too young,” and/or that they “don’t know enough about how the world works yet.” As an advocate for new progressive ideas in this town, I am always shocked when I hear those comments being made by those who supposedly care about improving the conditions of living in Santa Cruz.
When was the last time we had a candidate as motivated and passionate as Hector Marin and/or Joy Schendledecker?
Instead of tearing down those without political experience, we should be boosting them up and helping build a political foundation for bold, progressive ideals and those who are passionate about helping the community.
To simply dismiss them as being too young or inexperienced is a slap to the face to the work they’ve done organizing in the community.
Santa Cruz METRO employee, serving as SEA chapter president representing local SEIU-521