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Limerick - To Vote Or Not To Vote
To Vote Or Not To Vote
I think I might not vote,
For it's very plain to see,
The man I'd like to vote for.
Wouldn't want to win the office.
I know. That man is me.
I suspect we could benefit from more youth in the stodgy halls of most legislatures.
The lead candidate for office
Was a youngster, just a novice.
She was barely just come eighteen.
On her campus, a student queen.
But I'd rather vote her "goddess."
She's a West Virginian, too!
Truth Or Consequences used to be on radio.
Then it became the name of a town in New Mexico.
Stranger than that, in 2014 there was a good chance that an 18 year old young woman, with the aid of friends, family, and other supporters, would be elected to the West Virginia Legislature!
Truth is there she was, featured on PBS Nightly News stuffing 4,000 handwritten campaign pieces to be mailed to potential constituents.
Ms. Saira Blair is the daughter of a supportive dad who is himself a seated senator in the WV legislature, and beaming all over as he, his daughter, and other family members, friends, and supporters worked on this recent step in "getting out the vote."
If she hasn't already been her high school's prom queen, it is very likely she was in the running for that "office," too. And she won the Republican primary as a17 year old high school senior. She is now 18 and in her freshman year of college. A vivacious young woman who once helped her father in his campaigns, Ms. Blair is now getting his help in her own campaign.
It's a great story, of a good young woman, a supportive family and community, that says a lot about what good old drive and determination can do in America....at any age.
Postscript: Ms. Blair won the delegate seat on a conservative platform with almost two-thirds of the votes counted in the 2014 midterm election. She will be taking time off next semester to continue her political education when seated as the delegate from West Virginia's 59th District. (See the link below for a photo and more details.)
Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
The sky's the limit!
Not a delinquent, more likely a delegate!
- A Win In West Virginia Makes Saira Blair State's Youngest Lawmaker : The Two-Way : NPR
The fiscally conservative 18-year-old won by a landslide and will represent West Virginia's 59th District.
- 17-year-old Saira Blair unseated West Virginia lawmaker on way to becoming youngest legislator | Dai
Saira Blair, 17, was barely old enough to vote when she unseated a West Virginia lawmaker almost four times her age.
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