Some might say that a 22-year-old woman doesn't have enough experience to run for mayor. Others might say age is just a number. Myya D. Jones says she's running for mayor of Detroit regardless of what people have to say!
The inspiring 22-year-old black woman from Detroit, Myya Jones, is currently studying Business Management at Michigan State University. Jones first became interested in politics during her internship on Capitol Hill under Michigan Rep. Brenda Lawrence. But before that, she served on a number of boards such as the National Pen Hellenic Council and served as a Google Student Ambassador.
Jones doesn't have negative feelings regarding the current administration in Detroit, but like with anything, there is always room to improve! "I have always been interested in civil engagement," Jones said. "But I was turned off from doing politics because we had such a negative stigma around [politics] in Detroit. While I was interning in Congress, I knew this was something I wanted to do. I want to give the voiceless a voice."
Jones plans to put her Business Management major to good use by standing on a platform that will teach the people of Detroit financial literacy. She also plans to shed light on mental health awareness, she plans to find ways for the government to be more engaged with the youth, and revamp the police department.
Although there are stipulations surrounding her age, Jones doesn't see it as a big deal. "I don't believe my age is a big factor because we're in the 21st century and we've been living with 20th-century politics for awhile now," Jones said. "If we have diversity when it comes to age in the political system, I believe our political system would be so much better than it is right now. Here, you have one of the oldest presidents in the history of the United States and, as you see, age doesn't really factor into how well you're going to do in the position."
Jones understands that there are people who may not take her educate young people about pursuing careers in politics.