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Letter: Voices of young adults matter in elections

Letter: Voices of young adults matter in elections

Letter: Voices of young adults matter in elections
April 20
23:44 2015

I’ve been studying the numbers. As a candidate in Denton’s upcoming city council election, I have to. And here’s what I’ve found:

There were only 518 apartment or dorm residents between the ages of 18 and 24, who voted last November. And of those 518, only four have ever voted in a city council election.

Y’all. That’s weak.

I know city politics isn’t as sexy as open carry, marriage equality, immigration reform or abortion rights. But the issues that happen at a local level affect you every single day. Whether it’s parking, fracking, property taxes (which you do actually pay – it’s rolled into your high rent) or lack of lighting along Hickory Street as you walk downtown at night, these are the very issues we deal with on the local level. These are the issues I’m sure you’ve noticed every single day. But only four of you have ever voted to address them.

Imagine the power you could have if you stood up and told city leaders exactly what you want from Denton. Imagine the change you could manifest if you took the time to vote – not only in November, but in May.

I am running for District 3, the district that many of you live in. It encompasses UNT, Eagle Drive, “Cement City” and the Historic Oak/Hickory neighborhood. It also swings all the way south to Robson Ranch, which is a gated retirement community that my opponent lives in. I live in the neighborhood near North Lakes Park, and my husband, a philosophy professor at UNT, rides his bike to work every day along Malone/Ave C.

District 3 is enormous, in other words. But looking at the numbers, you’d think otherwise. The numbers would make you believe that the majority of the district lives at Robson Ranch, because that neighborhood always has a huge voter turnout. But imagine if you voted. Imagine what our streets would look like, what our culture would feel like and what our future could become if you actually voted. Do you think you might get some streetlights along Hickory? Maybe your apartment complex could actually have a recycling bin for the residents. The city owns its own utility company – how about increasing our green energy portfolio? What about bike lanes? Sidewalks? More trees?

These are the things I stand for, and these are the things I will bring to the office as your next city councilwoman. But I can’t get anything done unless you actually vote. Put some action behind your ideas. Go vote. If you need a ride, contact me at 940-536-8720 or votebriggle@gmail.com. I will pick you up myself if I have to.

Whether you live here four years or 40, you are a resident of Denton and have just as many rights as someone who has spent their entire life here. Your vote and your voice matter, but we can’t hear what you have to say unless you take the time to say it.

Editor’s Note: Early voting begins April 27 and runs until May 5. Election day is May 9. To find out where to vote or what district you live in, go to cityofdenton.com or votedenton.org.

Featured Image of Amber Briggle courtesy of her Facebook.

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