|Posted by anonymous on September 8, 2009 at 3:57 PM|
Kennon and Kira Gilson present draft fundraising Pinellas Trail Animal Spotter's guide to Advisory Board head as younger brother Taylor beams on.
Kennon and Kira Gilson are not only the youngest Libertarians in public office--they started at 15 and 13 respectively--but are now on three local appointive boards: an experimental youth advisor group for the Pinellas Trails (where they're developing a fundraising tool to help meet the park goal of entirely private funding) , the St Petersburg Library Youth Advisory Board (where they have proposed several voluntary programs) , and have now just been appointed by the Pinellas County Commissioners to the County Youth Advisory Board (where they hope to bring the Home School perspective and better study county programs).
Said Clubster Ralph Swanson, who co-founded the Libertarian Party of Florida and the national USLP as a charter member, "No Libertarian can complain that Libertarians are not getting into office or claim youth rights is a 'radical' position when these teens are on three boards.A Libertarian in the party who is not on some sort of board should look into getting onto something. I encourage all youth to look into this means of community participation. In some countries people can vote at 16 and there was even a teen mayor in the UK who did a credible job, and there is now a Teen mayor system there and Teen mayors in the US. " The Libertarian Party paved the way almost electing a teen Natiopnal leader some ytears ago and formally encourages youth involvement. Kira recieved recognition from the LPF at a recent state meeting as well.
Kennon and Kira are both walking for health fans. Kennon is interested in computers, graphics, acting and real estate law. Kira is interested in zoology, ecology, fantasy art and says she might want to be a veterinarian.
RESOURCE--TEEN Mayor system in UK:
US Teen mayors: