Young Dem of the Week Meredith Covey
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Our Young Dem of the Week for the week of March 12 is Meredith Covey. Meredith is18 years old and grew up in Boise, Idaho. She graduated from Boise High School and is currently a freshman in the Honors College at Boise State. Meredith is studying Political Science, Urban Studies, and Sustainability. She is involved with the Boise State Young Democrats, interns at the Idaho Democratic Party, and works part-time at McU Sports in downtown Boise.
IDYD: What made you want to get involved in politics? What was your first political experience like?
Meredith My parents used to always have NPR and Boise State Public Radio playing so I was exposed to politics from an early age. I started attending marches and educating myself more when I was around 14 years old. I really started getting involved when Donald Trump was elected in 2016. That whole election cycle and the subsequent chain of events kicked my passion for politics into high gear. I began learning a lot more about the political processes both on a state and federal level, started to center my beliefs on certain issues, lobbied with Planned Parenthood, and became more involved with my community.
IDYD: What is one thing you were surprised to learn when you first got involved?
Meredith: I was also surprised to learn, as I got older that many politicians act in their own self interest. This is why I find it important to be involved in the political process so we can hold our elected officials accountable.
IDYD: Who is your greatest political inspiration? Why?
Meredith: While not quite a political figure I really admire Rachel Carson for her work in conservation. She played a major role in the global environmental movement which is so important for the future of the planet and has played a major role in the health of many Americans today. The Obamas also are a huge inspiration to me. Barack and Michelle are incredibly intelligent and well spoken, they reflect a level of professionalism that is not shown in the current administration. I grew up with Obama [as President] and he played a large role in shaping many of the beliefs I have today.
IDYD: What words of wisdom would you share with young people around the state?
Meredith: I would say that the most important thing you can do is to educate yourself. Learn about issues you are passionate about and remain open to other perspectives. It's important to have conversations with those we disagree with because we will either learn something or gain a better understanding of our own beliefs and why we feel that way. At the end of the day if people on both sides of the aisle are able to respect each other we will be much more effective as a society.
IDYD: What issues are you most passionate about?
Meredith: I am extremely passionate about conservation and environmental issues. Growing up in Idaho I love spending time in the outdoors our wonderful state has to offer. It is important to preserve these wild spaces not only for our enjoyment but for the plants and animals that live there and for future generations. I also care a lot about comprehensive sex education and would love for it to become the norm in terms of sex-ed.
IDYD: Politically, what would you like to see happen in Idaho this year?
Meredith: Right now it's hard to say as a few of the bills I was hoping to see pass have not, such as the bill that would change Idaho’s child marriage laws. I would like to see some changes to our sex education in Idaho as well as seeing Add the Words finally pass.
IDYD: It’s still early, but do you have anyone you’d like to run for President in 2020?
Meredith: Right now it is still pretty early to decide who I would vote for. If Beto O’Rourke decided to run I am interested to hear more about where he stands on specific policy issues. I also really enjoyed hearing Julian Castro speak when he came to Boise so I am interested to learn more about him in the next election cycle.
Thank you, Meredith, for all your hard work! To nominate somebody for Young Dem of the Week, click here.