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What’s your name, age, and preferred pronouns?
Spencer Min, 18 years old, he/him/his.
Where are you from?
I was born in London, but currently reside in New Jersey!
What will Gen Z be remembered for?
I think that Gen Z is going to be remembered as a generation that uses conventional and unconventional methods in order to spark change in the world.
How has Covid-19 changed you as a person?
Covid-19 has definitely helped give me perspective. It’s definitely helped me analyze what’s most important in my life.
What got you interested in politics?
I was exposed to politics from my family’s dinner time discussions. However, I think what got me interested in politics was a combination of AP US Government and high school debate.
As you very well know, elections are becoming a major topic this year in the United States, what’s your take on it?
A lot of people think that presidents have a lot of power — and they absolutely do — but I think that we need to remember to also vote in our state and local elections. We need to not only be informed on the policy positions of our presidential candidates but also our state and local candidates.
What advice would you give to a first-time voter and what would you say to people who choose not to vote?
I’d encourage voters to do the research themselves — look into all sides of the issues, then make your own decision.
We have the right to vote, but that doesn’t mean we have to exercise it. If you don’t feel comfortable with any of the candidates being president, abstention is a legitimate option too!
What do you think the relationship to politics and the general public will be in the next few years?
According to the US Census Bureau in 2015, Gen Z comprised about 25% of the United States. That’s massive, and it’s tough to tell what’ll happen in the coming years. But one thing is for sure — Gen Z is going to have a powerful voice.
Do you have any favorite politicians?
Senator Russ Feingold. Following 9/11, a bill called The Patriot Act was proposed in Congress. Feingold was the only senator to vote against the bill because he (rightly) believed that it would hamper our rights. Amazing example in standing up for your beliefs.
When do you find yourself most inspired?
When I least expect it!