A newly formed political group formed by three college students is attempting to make younger voters a factor in this year's New Orleans mayoral race. The Millennials Voter Engagement Initiative, styled as MoVE, will host its first major political event Friday evening (Sept. 15).
The group is the brainchild of Bobby Mannis, a Tulane University student, Clark Perkins, an LSU student, and Bailee Stewart, who's finishing up her degree at Southern University New Orleans. The three started the group in July after either working or living in New Orleans, hoping to "make a difference for young people in New Orleans," Mannis said.
"We saw there were about 100,000 people in the city age 18 to 35 and it would only take about 30,000 people to move an election," Mannis said. "We were seeing this potential opportunity to change how politics in New Orleans works."
A major focus of the group is on voter registration, but Mannis said the group has also been working to develop a platform of issues that millennials care about. Members of the group recently finalized that platform in advance of Friday evening's forum, focusing on public safety and gun violence, economic growth and jobs, the minimum wage, health care and K-12 education.
The Millennials Matter Mayoral Forum will be held at Cafe Instanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., the forum begins at 8.
A free ticket is required. Get more information here.