‘Old’ Leadership

MSNBC is talking about how the current Congress is the oldest it has ever been.

I think that these ‘old’ heads are able to stay in office for so long for a couple main reasons:
1. The average age of americans and voters is increasing with the aging of the baby-boomers
I’d be that people feel more comfortable for either a peer on an elder before voting for someone younger than them.
2. It’s hard to beat an incumbent
The article talks about this. It is difficult, but possible, to unseat someone who is already in office.

What’s wrong with this picture?
It seems like if the populace is older, then should those that govern them be older as well?
Is part of the problem that young people have with politics that it is dominated by older people?

One Love. One II.

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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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