Jake Leahy Also Wants You to Run for Office

Last week, I spoke briefly about why more young people should run for office. I said, among others things, that in an age when complaining is on the rise, taking action and ushering in change is on the decline.

This week, I am excited to be talking with Jake Leahy (@LeahyIllinois), an 18-year-old elected official who decided to take action when he ran for his local school board earlier this year. We discussed about his motivation for running, the challenges he faced, and why he recommends that other young people do the same.

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About Stephen N. Perkins

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Stephen N. Perkins envisions a world where individuals are empowered to fulfill their God-given potential, collaborate with others, and take ownership in the well-being and success of their communities. He helps emerging leaders inspire others and influence change. Stephen founded OUTSET in 2014 and currently serves as the network’s Editor-in-Chief. He primarily writes about civic and political engagement, education, media, and culture. He also hosts a self-titled podcast on which he speaks to young conservative leaders in activism, business, and media. In addition to OUTSET, Stephen is a communications specialist and leadership coach. Originally from Houston, Stephen now lives and works in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.