Too young to run? What’s keeping millennials out of local elections?

A screenshot of Alyssa Robis’ Instagram page. Robis was running for Scottsdale City Council when she voluntarily withdrew due to unforeseen challenges. /Photo:


By Lorraine Longhi | Arizona Republic

Alyssa Robis was born and raised in Scottsdale, but two years ago, she couldn’t have told you the name of her city’s mayor.

That all changed when Robis got involved in efforts to oppose the proposed Desert Edge project and attended a Scottsdale City Council meeting for the first time in 2016.

“I walked into my first city council meeting and was really disheartened to see there’s no one my age,” Robis said. “An entire generation in my city is underrepresented.”

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So the 28-year-old Robis pulled paperwork and went about gathering the 1,000 voter signatures required in Scottsdale to run for council. She was one of just six millennials — people ages 37 and under— running for city offices in Maricopa County this year.

But last week, Robis’ journey into city government abruptly ended.



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