Saira Blair, an 18-year-old who had been campaigning from her dorm room at West Virginia University, was voted into the West Virginia House of Delegates position on Tuesday, making her the youngest state lawmaker in America. Celebrate! But then be afraid.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, Blair defeated her Democrat opponent, an attorney who campaigned on secondary education reform and fixing West Virginia's drug epidemic. Blair, on the other hand, campaigned for gun rights and against abortion, winning the seat in the House of Delegates by a 63-percent vote.
When I made the decision to run for public office, I did so because I firmly believe that my generation's voice, fresh perspective and innovative ideas can help solve some of our state's most challenging issues.
History has been made tonight in West Virginia, and while I am proud of all that we have accomplished together, it is the future of this state that is now my singular focus. Since launching my campaign, I have met with and listened to the concerns of my fellow citizens, and as your delegate I will work tirelessly, and fight for each and every one of you. Now, it is time to get to work.
"A fresh perspective and innovative ideas" sounds good in theory, but probably not in practice when the Republican legislator comes off as an old white politician. Blair has announced she'll defer her spring semester and continue classes in the summer and fall, where she'll study—no surprise—economics.
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