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May 16, 2003

young elected leaders

At the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, I spent the day with a large group of young elected officials: city councilors and state legislators from all over the USA who are under the age of 35. (A few young U.S. Representatives were due to appear after I left.) The morning session was essentially a set of focus groups, one of which I was fortunate to be able to observe. I was especially struck by the degree of guilt that these young people feel. They are torn among family, paying jobs, civic obligations such as nonprofit boards, constituent service, and legislative work. "Guilt" was a word that they used frequently and passionately.

Posted by peterlevine at May 16, 2003 11:09 AM

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