Sa'iyda Shabazz
Updated Feb 11, 2017 @ 12:51 pm
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What does a 22 year old black woman know about running for office? That is a question that many will ask about Myya D. Jones, the 22-year old running for mayor of Detroit. Jones, a native of Detroit who is currently studying Business Management at Michigan State, didn’t become interested in politics until an internship on Capitol Hill under Michigan Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Before that she had served on various boards, including a period as the president of the National Pen Hellenic Council, served as a Google Student Ambassador and she has studied abroad in six different countries.

While she does think that the current administration in Detroit is doing a decent job, obviously there is room for improvement. “I have always been interested in civil engagement,” Jones told the Detroit Metro Times. “But I was turned off from doing politics because we had such a negative stigma around politics in Detroit. While I was interning in Congress, I knew this was something I wanted to do. I want to give the voiceless a voice,” she added.

She stands on a platform that will teach residents financial literacy (therefore putting her business management major to use), mental health awareness (both Jones and her mother were diagnosed with bi-polar, and her mother suffers from depression. She also had several family members who committed suicide), she wants the government to more actively engage with the youth (especially because the new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos famously gutted the Detroit public school system) and revamp the police department.

When asked about age would be an obstacle, she said this :

She realizes that she may not win, and that’s okay too. She plans to use her experience with politics to educate other young people about going into politics as well. And that’s awesome.