Each week, we nominate a Young Dem in Idaho for our weekly spotlight. Our goal is to increase involvement and highlight the hard work of amazing Young Dems in our state. To nominate someone for Young Dem of the Week, please email us at email@example.com.
Our Young Dem of the Week for the week of April 30, 2018, is Zebulon Moers. Zeb is 21 years old, and originally from Colorado. He moved to Idaho to attend Boise State University, and is a Political Science major. Zeb will be graduating in May 2019. Currently, he works as a Sign Language Interpreter. Zeb is an intern with Aaron Swisher’s campaign for Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District, and a regular attendee of the Boise State Young Dem meetings.
Question 1: What made you want to get involved in politics? What was your first political experience like?
Zeb: There was not a specific event that made me want to get involved with politics, but it was more of a natural gravitation towards politics in high school. My first political experience was trying to get signatures to allow Rocky Mountain Deaf School to design and build a school specifically to advance deaf education in Denver while I was in middle school. I had a great time going out with my family and doing that.
Question 2: What is one thing you were surprised to learn when you first got involved?
Zeb: When I first got involved I was surprised to learn how many young people were participating in politics. I had always assumed there were not any young people in the thick of politics, but I was wrong.
Question 3: Who is/was your greatest political inspiration? Why?
Zeb: Right now, my political inspiration is Michael Tubbs, the current mayor of Stockton, CA. Mayor Tubbs is only 27, and served on the city council for 4 years before being elected mayor in 2016. He brings plenty of new ideas, and is not afraid to try it to help his community. It is inspiring to see someone before the age of 30 making a difference.
Question 4: What words of wisdom would you give to other young people?
Zeb: Try stuff that makes you uncomfortable. I am not the most outgoing person, but when I pushed myself to go to events that I had typically tried to avoid, I found opportunities for me that I enjoyed.
Question 5: What issues are you most passionate about?
Zeb: The issues I am passionate about are the environment, our ballooning national debt, civil liberties, and education. I believe those four things need immediate attention, although they aren’t the only four issues.
Question 6: What would you like to see happen in Idaho politics this year?
Zeb: I would be excited to see the blue wave we see brewing nationally to make a dent in Idaho midterms this year, and I do not see why we can’t make it happen!
That’s it for this week’s edition of Young Dem of the Week! To nominate somebody for Young Dem of the Week, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why they should be Young Dem of the Week.