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Teens advocate for politics despite age
With just two weeks to go before the November presidential election, Democrats and Republicans in Glynn County are busy campaigning for their candidates.

Even some of the youngest members of the two parties are finding ways to get involved.

Emma Johnson, 14, is one of them. She helped create Teen Republicans, a part of the Glynn County Republican Party.

Although unable to vote for president until the next term, Emma is interested in politics because she is interested in her future.

"I want to make a big difference in my community and be prepared for when I'm older," she said. "I don't want our country to be messed up or our economy to be bad. I don't want to pay for the debt."

Emma said her interest in national politics encouraged her to go to her mom, Cate Gooch-Coolidge, who is involved with the Glynn County Republican Party, about starting a group.

"We're trying to get more teens involved," Emma said. "It's our goal to educate everyone with the facts and not just go by what our parents say."

Emma and her fellow Teen Republicans volunteer at Republican headquarters after school.

For 17-year-old Carmen Bowen, not being able to cast a vote this November did not dissuade her from getting involved with the Glynn County Democratic Party.

"I want to be able to raise awareness about issues. Even though I can't vote, I can volunteer my services," Bowen said. "It means a lot to be able to care."

Issues like college financial aid concern Carmen, who will enter college next year.

Learning about each candidate and encouraging people to vote is important, said Carmen, who volunteers with her mother at Democratic headquarters.

"I don't like to choose sides just because you're a Democrat or Republican," she said. "You have to learn about the issues. You're seeing them on camera and everything."

Emma and her mother agree.

"Bringing kids into the program is helpful for the party," Cate Gooch-Coolidge said, adding that it is important because the students will face many of the issues when they graduate high school and can vote.

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