24 year-old Erin Schrode is hoping to shake things up on Capitol Hill by becoming the youngest person to win a Congressional seat.
Schrode is the co-founder of "Turning Green," a non-profit environmental advocacy group, and has decided to run for Congress in California's district 2 in her home Marin county. Her decision stemmed from the positive reaction to a speech she gave about the impact Marin county had on her upbringing, and how the county is a focal-point for so much good.
Schrode insists she's not the typical candidate. Most Congressional seat-holders are middle-aged, white, males. In a recent self-authored Huffington Post article, she called for a commonsense reform.
"Broken policy is failing us all, as fear and vitriol permeate politics. I can no longer watch as partisan gridlock threatens our future and that of communities around the country. We need commonsense reform — and we need it en masse, yesterday. Clean water is a human right. Women add value to society. Mental health is a veritable illness. Black lives matter. Affordable healthcare helps families. Education can be an economic engine."
Schrode hopes her campaign will inspire millenials to become more interested in politics, adding "I seek to redefine civic engagement, reinvigorate a culture of public service, expand the definition of who can be a politician, and infuse meaning into the very act of running."