Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Youth Advisory Seats Proposed for City Council

City officials are considering adding a pair of nonvoting council seats for
students as a way to lasso teenagers into local decision-making at a time of
historic elections and inspiring victory speeches. The proposal seeks to
capitalize on the buzz from an election season that saw young voters flock to
the polls in large numbers and later gather around television sets to watch
Barack Obama be sworn in as the nation's first black president.
According to the article, early supporters of the idea are its proprietor City Council President Brendan "Zeus" Rielly (D-Ward 1), Councilor Drew Gattine (D-Ward 2), and Councilor Michael Foley (D-At Large).

- John C.L. Morgan

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