Are you 18-30 years old?
If so, Juneau needs you to vote in the next local election on Oct. 7. I know national elections are very exciting right now. I am here to urge you not to forget about local elections. I am a 30-year-old teacher and am proud to have voted in every single election possible since I was 18 years old.
When I was 15 years old and had my first job, I was angry that I wasn't allowed to vote despite having to hand over money to the government via my taxes. The right of "no taxation without representation" doesn't belong to you until you're 18. Our government isn't perfect, but what we do as citizens can help it become a better system that responds to our needs.
What are your needs? I am a teacher, so I am interested in education issues. I am also a younger person just establishing myself in a career, so another issue that is important to me is affordable housing.
What do you care about? What issues affect you? Do you need a job? A place to live? Child care? Better public transportation? Maybe you care about small businesses because you or your family owns one. Maybe you wish Juneau had curbside recycling. Whatever it is you care about, there is usually a candidate who feels similarly to you and who will work for your cause.
Juneau Assembly Member Jonathan Anderson established the Affordable Housing Commission, so I know he will continue to work for affordable housing for all. He successfully blocked a proposal to have us pay increased electrical rates for 12 months, which saved me money. He also supports expanding public transit as well as open and responsive city government. These are some of the reasons I'm voting for Anderson for Assembly.
Does he support your cause? Contact him at http://www.juneaupolitics.org.
Jonathan Anderson's daughter