BY: ASHNA YAKOOB, ARIZONA STATE DIRECTOR
On July 3rd, 2017 the Arizona association of Next Generation Politics held a Student Forum with U.S. Senate candidate, Deedra Abboud. As a Democratic candidate, she is running against Jeff Flake in the 2018 election. Deedra is currently a Phoenix-based attorney and founder of the leadership consulting firm, the Global Institute of Solution Oriented Leadership. At this Next Generation Politics Student Forum, Deedra spoke with NGP Arizona members about her candidacy and various issues affecting young people in the state of Arizona.
With a few dozen students in attendance, the event began with Ashna Yakoob, Arizona State Director, and her associate, David Parau, speaking about low voter turnout among youth and apathy among Generation Z toward the political process. Following this statement, Deedra took the floor to make her statement, quickly opening the floor to questions from NGP members. Several questions about how to build political power for young people were asked. Based on Deedra’s responses, an overarching messages she hoped to emphasize was that “communication is key,” especially among young people and their elected officials. Deedra also underlined the importance to “question everything” and to make an effort to engage