A former Southeast student, who left school to pursue politics and community leadership, is running for a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.
At 25, Kevin Windham will be among the youngest candidates on the ballot for election to the State House. Still, he clinched the democratic nomination for representative of the 85th District by a margin of 8 percent.
Windham says his campaign success was a result of diligence, mentorship and a team of motivated college and high school students who are working towards change.
“I think that we’re in an especially beautiful time, in St. Louis and in the midwestern region, not only in politics but really in our social and cultural lives where young people are having an increasingly large impact on things that are going on,” says Windham. “And I think it’s especially important that young folks’ voices are not only heard but our youth are in the center of the process.”
His family has lived in the 85th district since the late 1960’s. Windham says its 20 municipalities —which include parts of Ferguson, Florissant and Normandy school districts— are some of the most economically distressed in the region.
Windham will face Republican Steven McKnight in the November general election.