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Forget Silicon Valley: A radical case for making change from public office

Right now, there are fewer than 10 Congress representatives who are under the age of 35, and fewer than 40 millennial-aged candidates running for office. It’s understandable our generation views Washington as the last place to go to make a difference. Statistically speaking, we’ve got the most unproductive Congress in American history. Not a particularly inspiring statistic. But if you ask David Burstein, CEO of Run for America, he’ll tell you, “If you want to make change… the only way the bad system gets better is if good people go into it.”

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with Burstein to ask why our generation should even consider heading east to D.C. when the paychecks and start-up culture in Silicon Valley are calling our names.

Credit: Cleo Stiller and Johanna Rojas

Forget Silicon Valley: A radical case for making change from public office

Right now, there are fewer than 10 Congress representatives who are under the age of 35, and fewer than 40 millennial-aged candidates running for office. It’s understandable our generation views Washington as the last place to go to make a difference. Statistically speaking, we’ve got the most unproductive Congress in American history. Not a particularly inspiring statistic. But if you ask David Burstein, CEO of Run for America, he’ll tell you, “If you want to make change… the only way the bad system gets better is if good people go into it.”

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with Burstein to ask why our generation should even consider heading east to D.C. when the paychecks and start-up culture in Silicon Valley are calling our names.

Credit: Cleo Stiller and Johanna Rojas

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