If nobody’s inviting them or asking them or encouraging them to participate in the process, they don’t do it.
I don’t have as much experience — I’m aware of that — but I do have different viewpoints and a different understanding of what’s going to happen to the younger population if things don’t change.
During one budget debate, Blair was able to make a very personal plea for keeping education funding intact even if it meant raising taxes — a move typically opposed by her fellow Republicans. Her family was among the thousands statewide who would suffer if the program were cut. “I’m on that scholarship,” Blair, now 20, said. “The reason a lot of students like me stay in West Virginia, as opposed to going to college out of state, is because of this scholarship. If we cut if off, we’d be exporting even more students to Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania: the places we usually see them go.”
I’m a Latina, I’m a single mom, recently divorced, and I have a child with special needs…In my neighborhood, in my district, I’m not that special. Everyone else is basically like me.
I thought I could make a difference. And I thought to myself, 'If I don't try now it will never happen.' I just had to jump in.