Saira Blair, who just unseated an incumbent West Virginia state legislator, isn’t thinking about her plans for the summer. She’s thinking about how to defeat Democrat Layne Diehl come November. Because if Saira wins, it will make her the youngest legislator in West Virginia’s history- she’s just 17 years old.
Blair narrowly edged-out the incumbent, Republican state Delegate Larry Klump, by 144 votes. She campaigned on a straightforward platform:
Blair even gave out her cell phone number to any potential constituents who might want to ask her questions. In addition, Blair has pledged to run only a positive campaign.
When asked about her capability to fill the shoes of an incumbent lawmaker, Saira asserted:
“I think I’m fully capable of doing the job, and I don’t think it’s rocket science by any means — not if you just listen to the people,” …
“There are two types of politicians: those that think they know everything, and those who want to listen to the people and do what they feel, and I’ll be the (latter).”
That’s what being a representative of the people was all about before the government began abusing its power to take control of people’s lives and fortunes. Now, being a politician isn’t serving the public, it’s a career move with a highly lucrative payoff – depending on how corrupt you are.
Maybe it’s just being naive, but this young lady might be different.