Young People’s Issues are ALWAYS on the Ballot
November 3, 2022
By Nicole Hensel, executive director
Young people make up one-third of the electorate in Colorado. Our voice, our vision, our values will shape our state’s political future. This is terrifically clear as we approach the 2022 midterm election on Nov. 8. In anticipation of this critical election, we did a statewide listening tour to learn about young people’s priorities, concerns, and hopes for the future. Guided by what we learned, as captured in the Youth Agenda, we asked candidates about how they prioritize (or don’t prioritize) young people’s political goals to inform the six (!!) different versions of our 2022 voter guide. Candidates’ answers (and nonanswers) revealed that the people running to represent us don’t always follow the vision young people want to see—especially around economic justice and community safety.