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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Young Dem of the Week for the week of March 9, 2018, is High School Caucus President Egzona Rexhepi. Egzona is 17 years old and currently a senior at Centennial High School. She has been involved with the Young Democrats for two and a half years.
Question 1: What made you want to get involved in politics? What was your first political experience like?
Egzona: I became very politically interested in 2014 when I learned about net neutrality. Though I still feel passionately about equal accessibility on the internet, my current political interests are more diverse. My first political experience with the Idaho Young Democrats was the John F. Kennedy Banquet in 2015 where I met several people that helped me get more involved.
Question 2: What is one thing you were surprised to learn when you first got involved?
Egzona: I became politically involved because I was frustrated and wanted to see change; however, there are so many people that are frustrated and want to see change but they do not work towards it. This surprised me the most when I became involved – I just assumed the only people that cared were the people working towards change.
Question 3: Who is/was your greatest political inspiration? Why?
Egzona: Michelle Obama is my greatest political inspiration because of what she has achieved despite her disadvantages in life. Throughout her life, she has channeled her passions to rise above her circumstance and that is very admirable.
Question 4: What words of wisdom would you give to young people?
Egzona: You do not have to major in political science or be a politician to work towards political change. When everything becomes politicized, it is necessary to work towards political change regardless of your separate passions. The people who work towards change through volunteer work, the media, etc. are just as impactful as those who create legislation.
Question 5: What issues are you most passionate about?
Egzona: I am most passionate about gender issues, especially when they are amplified by race, sexuality, class, etc. Issues surrounding education – accessibility, funding, opportunity, etc – consume my thoughts a little more than anything else.
Question 6: What would you like to see happen in Idaho politics this year?
Egzona: I would love to flip District 15 and a few other key districts. Change starts small!
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