Young Candidate Profiles: An Update

Young Candidate Profiles: An Update


Young voters are turning out to vote in record numbers in this year’s midterm election and they have some of their peers on the ballots as options.

Here are five young candidates running for office across the country.

Update: two of the five candidates we tracked won their races.

Kalan Haywood, (Wisconsin State Assembly):

-Polls close @ 8 PM CST

At 19-years-old, Kalan Haywood is running for state assembly of Wisconsin’s 16th Assembly District. If elected, the Milwaukee native will be the youngest lawmaker in the state.

UPDATE: Haywood, who ran unopposed, WINS.

Will Haskell, (Connecticut State Senate):

-Polls close @ 8 PM EST

At just 22-years-old, Will Haskell is vying for a seat on the Connecticut State Senate, challenging incumbent Toni Boucher, who’s been in public office for as long as Haskell’s been alive. 

Haskell, who was endorsed by former President Barack Obama, has interned with Hillary for America and in the Capitol Hill offices of Rep. Jim Himes and Sen. Chris Murphy. 

UPDATE: Haskell wins 53-47%

Aasim Yahya (California State Assembly):

-Polls close @ 8 PM PST

Democrat Aasim Yahya just graduated from high school and is already running for California’s State Assembly for District 14. The 18-year-old valedictorian is challenging the 51-year-old incumbent, Tim Grayson.

Update: Yahya loses, getting just 27% of the vote in an intra-party race.

Aisha Yaqoob (Georgia House of Representatives):

-Polls close @ 7 PM EST

After years of actively advocating for immigrant rights at the Georgia State Capitol, Aisha Yaqoob believes it’s time for her to have a seat at the table. The 25-year-old is running to represent District 97 in the Georgia House of Representatives.

If elected, Yaqoob would be the first Muslim woman to serve in the Georgia State House.

Update: Yaqoob loses, 44% – 56%.

Morgan Zegers (New York State Assembly):

-Polls close @ 8 PM EST

A graduate of American University, Morgan Zegers has returned to her hometown of Malta, N.Y. to run as the Republican nominee for the New York 113th State Assembly.

High on her list of priorities are affordability and economic development.

Click here for more information on these candidates along with additional profiles of other young people running for office in the 2018 midterm elections.

Update: Zegers looses, 44% – 57%