Dear Editor, Pooja is a Leader for Everyone I am a 17-year-old District 10 resident. While I am unfortunately not yet eligible to vote, I am supporting Pooja Sethi for Austin City Council and volunteering for her campaign because I believe in her and her vision for Austin. I am encouraging others to vote for her not only because of her amazing work, but also because we need leaders who inspire us, especially young people. I am also a young woman of color. Many in the world tell us we can’t make a change in the world and we don’t see much representation in politics. Pooja changes that. She makes it clear to all young women of color through her work and her candidacy that we can make a change, we can achieve our goals, and that we can make the world a better place – just like her. Pooja isn’t just an inspiration for my generation, but for future generations to come. Pooja will work to make Austin safe, accessible, and accepting. I have never met someone as compassionate and dedicated to fighting for others as Pooja. She is driven by her passion to advocate for others and amplify their voices. Her track record as an immigration lawyer who does pro-bono work for survivors of domestic violence, nonprofit founder for women facing discrimination, and service in local government and community organizations shows me that she is a leader who takes action. I know she will work to serve her district, lift up those who have gone unheard, and move Austin forward. Local elections affect our communities in every way. That means we must elect candidates who care and are dedicated to fighting for marginalized groups, which is why I support Pooja Sethi for Austin City Council.