I’ve run into city councilwoman Kat Kerwin twice in the past week: once at Seven Stars Bakery on the West Side and once at Red Stripe on the East Side. On both occasions I thought about approaching her, but since I don’t live in Ward 12, it seemed like there was no easy way into the conversation. Kat Kerwin and I are the same age, but as it turns out, we have little in common. She calls Gina Raimondo a progressive; I do not. She has been on the cover of Teen Vogue; I have never read Teen Vogue. She holds public office; I make a $3 monthly contribution to Bernie Sanders.
Kat Kerwin is barely older than the kids who Senator Dianne Feinstein accused last week of being too young to engage in politics. I actually thought Senator Feinstein raised a great point in her squabble with a room full of elementary schoolers: the people who will be most affected by the impacts of climate change didn’t even vote for her. While claiming that Senator Feinstein is too old to care about climate change is both ageist and nonsensical, I do think that 16-year-olds should vote and 21-year-olds should run for city council. Here at the Independent, we are inexperienced and we are young and we very much plan to stand up to the Senator Feinsteins of the world. Kat Kerwin: if you are reading this, we hope you do too.