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Young voters share hopes for Biden-Harris administration

Posted at 10:25 AM, Jan 20, 2021

On Inauguration Day, young Arizona voters are sharing their hopes for the Biden-Harris Administration.

Organizing Director of the Arizona Students’ Association Kyle Nitschke says he hopes the global pandemic, racial injustice, climate change, and the economy are top priorities.

“What we’re looking for is bold progressive action over these next couple of years on student loan debt, forgiveness on raising the federal minimum wage, pushing towards free universal college and higher education for all,” Nitschke said.

Nitschke said students with ASA will be watching Biden’s first 90 days closely. The group held a virtual watch party for Wednesday’s inauguration.

Another student watching the inauguration events closely is 19-year-old Madison Pina. She’s from Gilbert and currently a student at Howard University, the same university Vice President Kamala Harris graduated from.

“It really shows me, my school has created amazing leaders and it inspires me to be a better version of myself,” Pina said.

Pina serves as Teen Universe District of Colombia and is an ambassador for the National Children’s Campaign. She had the chance to co-host the National Children’s Inauguration, an online event with celebrities, elected officials, and other young people, asking that the new administration make children a top priority.

“When I wanted to compete in pageants, I wanted to do it not only to build confidence but to advocate for something,” Pina said. “And I thought, what was an issue that hits home for me and I thought, to create strong leaders we need to start with strong children and we need to start in the home.”