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Run Gen ZBefore he could legally drink or smoke, and before he was old enough to even hold an elected seat, Joel Castro was running for office. In 2017, the then-seventeen-year-old campaigned for a spot on the city council of Alvin, a town of around 27,000 just south of Houston. Riding his “Alvin First” agenda, inspired by Donald Trump, he promised voters lower taxes, a larger police force, and infrastructure improvements. He beat a retired Air Force veteran for the spot.After turning eighteen and being sworn in in April 2018, most of Castro’s service was sleepy. He filled his days voting for improvements to the wastewater treatment plan, a new fire station, and other small-town projects. But this year, months before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v.…

The post Gen Z Is More Liberal Than Older Generations. The Texas Right Has a Plan to Change That—One Local Race at a Time. appeared first on Texas Monthly.

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