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Millennials around Omaha get involved in politics

Posted at 8:18 AM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 13:14:05-05

When you look at Congress, the age of our representatives is a little disconnected from the largest living generation: millennials. The average age of the House is 57, and its even higher, at 61, in the Senate. 

In Omaha, many young adults are getting involved in politics, in attempt to close that generation gap. 

At 31, Megan Hunt, an online and retail store owner turned candidate for State Legislature is using her technology skills toward her campaign. 

"The traditional people say all you have to do is knock on door, to run a traditional campaign all you have you to do is send mail, all you have to do is phone bank and I am going to do all of these things," she said. "I am knocking everyday, I am fundraising, I am doing that work. But with my background in digital, I'm absolutely leveraging that to win this race." 

Across town, 19-year-old Alejandra Escobar is at work. She leads the Young Nebraskans in Action, a program at the Heartland Workers Center that focus on getting young people involved and fighting for issues that matter to them. 

"Not everyone is going to run for office. We can't make people run for office unless they want to," she said. "How can we start developing young leaders to understand that yes it's important to go vote, yes it's important to be involved." 

It's a generation that these two say, hasn't seen the representation their own age. But now, the younger generation that embraces all things social media and activism is working to shape their future. This group, as well as Coalition for a Stronger Nebraska say they have seen more and more millennials get involved in the political process. Whether its attending a town hall, calling their senator, or even running for office.