Lafazan, 18, says Americans need to be more aware of local politics because “that is where the power is most densely concentrated, so that is where the people need to be the most involved.”
“You don’t have to run to get involved,” he said. “Go door-to-door, hand out flyers, pass out literature, knock on doors, talk to people… I owe my victory to the people who got involved and helped me.”
Lafazan said he sees bipartisanship as “the inevitable future of this country.” That may sound naively optimistic, but “the message of transparency, openness and accountability is not a message that just pertains to one area,” he says.
Once we support candidates who “make everything inclusive rather than [maintaining] the exclusive culture” he says average Americans can take back the political landscape, no matter how slim the odds.