Thornton voters on Nov. 5 will be asked to lower the minimum age to qualify to serve as mayor or council member from 25 to 21.
Seth Thomas, 21, is spearheading the campaign to get the measure passed.
“I feel if you can serve your country at age 18, sometimes age 17 with parent permission, you should be able to run for elected office at age 21,” he said. “By allowing a change to our charter, we as the sixth largest city of the state are telling our community that it is OK to allow new fresh ideas to come forward to our council’s dais. I believe we need to do what it takes to move our city forward together, and give Thornton more opportunities.”
Thomas said he wished he could have run for a spot on council at 18 so he could make policy change decisions that would help better the city.
“I am not just doing this for myself,” he said about his 25 To 21 campaign. “I’m doing this to continue the positive change that I seek within Thornton, by not just thinking about myself, but rather the young adults alike within Thornton. I have a vision that one day Thornton will be known like the city of Denver. I feel that we can be a part of the top three largest municipalities in the state of Colorado.”
Thomas has lived in Thornton since he was 6 months old, and graduated from Northglenn High School. He attends the University of Phoenix in Westminster, and is considering transferring to the University of Colorado Denver to obtain his law degree.
“My goal is to become a municipal attorney, hopefully for the city of Thornton,” he said.
While Thomas has not run for any political office, yet, he was the campaign manager for his grandmother’s (Jenice “JJ” Dove) successful run as council member of Ward 1.
Thomas also lives in Ward 1 and does plan to launch his own campaign as a council member.
“My political career will start here one day in Thornton,” he said, adding he does not know which direction his political career will go after that.