When I was twenty-two years old, I ran for the local school board.
No one my age had ever made it through a primary in North Carolina, they told me. There are too many better-known candidates in the field, they consistently reminded me. The statistics show that young people just don’t do well in elections, they shared.
I’ve always been a bit stubborn, so I didn’t listen. And I made it through the primary.
One thing made all the difference: