Based on first-hand interviews, this is an in-depth look at the people under 35 years old who run for office in the US. Award-winning journalist John Celock interviewed over ninety young leaders across America serving in various capacities, from Vice President and Governor to Senator and County Legislator, to provide an in-depth look at the challenges of political participation for young elected officials. The interviews are complemented by extensive research to answer such questions as why do young people run for office? What personal obstacles do they face as they seek office? Does age affect policymaking? A lively work that connects academic research with practical politics, "The Next Generation" includes a range of stories, from Steven Fulop who left Goldman Sachs following 9/11 to become a Marine to Jane Swift, the first governor to give birth while in office. The thematically organized chapters offer a thorough look at the political process across the United States, providing key information for anyone interested in state and local politics, political participation, and American government.
John Celock is an award-winning journalist who researches and reports extensively on American politics and government. He is the Editor of Westfield Patch, an online daily newspaper and information site in New Jersey. Celock also moderates panel discussions regularly, including panels at Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute, Columbia University Club of New York, SUNY, and Niagara University where he was a guest lecturer.
Preface; 1. Family Ties, Career Goals, September 11 and More: What Motivates a Young Person to Run for Elective Office?; 2. From Bringing Baseball to Los Angeles to Taking Pictures with Voters: How Young Elected Officials are Thinking Outside the Box; 3. "I look like I'm 12.": The reaction to Young Elected Officials; 4. The President in Waiting? The Ambitions of Young Elected Officials; 5. "I got asked constantly what my husband thought." The Challenges Faced by Young Women in Elective Office.; 6. From Dating to Parenting: The Impact of Politics on the Personal Lives of Young Elected Officials; 7. Oregon's History of Young Elected Officials; 8. "I need to prove that I was not elected by my frat buddies." North Dakota's 42nd Legislative District; 9. The Jersey Collision that Won't Happen: The Story of Steven Fulop and Peter Cammarano; 10. Does the Mayor Have to Listen When the Principal Calls Him to the Office? Young Mayors in America; 11. Conclusion; Appendix: Young Elected Officials.