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IN People ON 11 May, 2016
Scholars, philosophers and political analysts once agreed on a claim that leaders are not born but made. This makes sense, right? We cannot really quantify and trace through our heredity streams and from those pretty genes that there's such a trait directly associated to being a responsible and effective leader.
Apparently, there's another school of thought which challenged the former, saying something that goes like "leaders were not born nor made, but were called by circumstances." Meaning, it has a high chance that the people you see in the forefront of advocacies like gender equality, agricultural development, policy development, education, health, peace and order and the likes were just challenged by the status quo; and came up with solid solutions along with his/her partners, allies and other like-minded believers. Through the years, it's not the training that made them realize that they have something up in their brains and hearts to offer to the society, but its (hopefully) the philanthropic urge to respond for webs of conflicts, complications and other problems they have seen while living their personal lives.
Presently, more and more leaders are booming like wildfire. Marginalized people slowly stood up with their prime 'voice' at the forefront.
In the United States of America, where development, wealth, advancements and freedom is observed and being 'stabilized', there are still people who seemed to appear inferior: women, young-aged, and those having their personal life advocacies. Presently, while some prefer to keep discrepancies intact, a young lady from the Marin Country responded to her vocation to be the voice of advocacies and to be a leader due to circumstances.
Erin is a 25-year-old community organizer, environmental activist, and an advocate of various causes like social justice, public health, food safety and food security from California. Currently, she is vying for a congressional seat for the 2nd District of California. When luck and genuine support favors her, she's going to be the youngest women getting the position.
Incumbent representative Jarred Huffman, Matthew Robert Wookey and Dale Mensing are her so-called opponents.
One of Erin's motivation is to reinvigorate Californians' perspective, especially the youth, about the political culture they have in there. Some people once advised her to shut up and not to get in. But because of her strong, solid desire to be part of the change, she took the dare and plans to do something more progressive.
Part of her general plan of action is sustainable environment, human rights, and just work and ecuation system. She has fresh ideas for this, and she is very dedicated to realize these.
Well, as a food security advocate, she chose where she stands too right. Regarding her passion for promoting ecologically safe food, she said that her parents did a lot of work and educating for her to have right regards with such causes.
Entitled "Teens Turning Green", this advocacy seeks to become aware of environmental health, responsibility in using resources, as well as being responsible for electing leaders through voting.
Part of her plans is to boost the spirit of engagement in political and nation-building activities.
Primarily, opponents question her integrity as she's just 25--the youngest age accepted by the government for those aspiring for a political post, and question her brilliance as a person. But then, she's certain that ages do not matter; and running for the post is about being eligible given the minimum requirements, acquiring tons of guts, and pushing for her fresh ideas for California's political landscape's development.
60,000 votes or are needed, and that's not a joke as we can observe it.