UPDATE: In the original version of our article we said “This gay 19-year-old from Maine is the youngest elected official in America. Go Keagan!” While he is young, we can’t confirm that he is THE youngest. If any of our readers are aware of a younger elected representative, please send us a lead!
A gay teen was voted to a city council in Maine, making him one of the youngest elected official in the United States.
All of 19, Keagan Roberts won 20.5% of the vote for city council in Maine’s South Berwick. This is a monumental win for a teenager that identifies as LGBTQ, in a state that was once considered the most Republican states in the East.
The teen has also put the town of 7,000 people in the spotlight for being “supportive and affirming” after coming out. In return, high on his list of priorities are promoting the town’s green economy, building community areas, and creating an encouraging space for young people to settle in the town instead of moving away.
He also ran to give people his age a voice, because, “there’s a whole demographic that not really being completely spoken for because you don’t really have anyone [his] age speaking.”
But most importantly, because he comes from a marginalized group, he knows what it’s like to feel oppressed. An exclusive interview on Out quoted him as saying,
“I really want to ensure that people don’t have to feel that way. I want to do my best to ensure that everyone’s equal, everyone feels heard, and that the world is just a better place.”
— Alex Cooper (@wgacooper) November 7, 2019
True to its motto, “Dirigo” meaning “I Direct” or “I Lead” in Latin, Maine sure seems to be showing the way. Is it time for the rest of the country to follow suit?
All young, aspiring politicians should follow Keagan’s path to the office on his Facebook Page.