Teenage candidate for County Commissioner frustrated by focus on age

    The newest candidate for Montgomery County Commissioner, Nate Webster, is hoping voters will not pigeon-hole him because he’s 18 years old.

    By Karen Blyton

    The newest candidate for Montgomery County Commissioner is hoping voters will not pigeon-hole him because he’s 18 years old.

    Lower Salford resident, Nate Webster, announced his candidacy on June 12 for one of three positions that overlook the well-being of Montgomery County.

    Webster says that no matter how qualified of a candidate he is, his age is something that he cannot hide from.

    “It can get a little bit frustrating doing some interviews where, that’s all reporters want to talk about,” says Webster, “asking stuff like, ‘Oh, have you been involved in student government?’ You know, it’s like, ‘No, who cares?’ It’s not going to affect my campaign. This campaign is not some old desiring urge that I never got to fulfill to be involved in student government.”

    Webster is not only running his own campaign, but three others as well. He has his own political consulting firm.

    Webster says that unlike most candidates, he is not planning on using the position as a stepping-stone. He hopes to become a teacher or a lawyer.

    Currently he is on a leave of absence from the University of Denver where he was studying political science.

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