Over the last handful of years, we have witnessed Millennials and the youth do unthinkable things to improve society and leave a lasting impact. At the age of 22 years old, Birmingham Southern College graduate Hashim Walters is adding to that list of greatness as he will become the youngest candidate ever to run for mayor in New Orleans.
Walters’ ultimate goal is to get young voters involved in politics, and he plans to bring “something different” to the table to help make that happen.
“I believe that people are ready for something different. A new style of politics,” Walters told WWLTV. “This is just a tool or a stepping stone to encourage more Millennials to get involved in the political world here in New Orleans and also nationally as well.”
Walters was born and raised in New Orleans and won’t stop until the city is prospering in all ways. Some of his political initiatives include increasing access to affordable housing, providing better public safety, creating realistic job opportunities and training for people in New Orleans, upon many other plans.
As expected, many have told him that he is too young and inexperienced to be mayor at just 22-years old, but that hasn’t deterred Hashim’s path one bit. He spent last year interning at City Hall for one of New Orleans’ council members, and has always been deeply involved in politics.
“Why not run for Mayor?” Walters said. “There was a time where people said, JFK, that he was inexperienced. They didn’t think that he was qualified to run for president but for his two years in office, he did a great job.”
We salute you, Hashim! Never let anyone tell you that you CAN’T do something.