It’s not easy to run for public office in the United States. In some ways it’s even harder to run for mayor of Chicago than, say, governor of Illinois. Candidates need 12,500 valid signatures to run for mayor — that’s more than twice the number needed to take a shot at running the state.
Beyond signatures, candidates need money, infrastructure and a whole lot of support. Stevie Valles of the nonprofit Chicago Votes joins the Morning Shift to talk about how his organization is getting young people excited about participating in democracy and the barriers they’re facing along the way.
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