Matthew Morris has always had a passion for politics and public policy. So much so, he's running for mayor of his hometown, Columbiana.
"I love this town very much, and this is my passion is the well being of this town," says Morris.
Oh, by the way. Morris is 19-years-old.
"I just want people to not look at me as a 19-year-old," Morris says. "Just hear what my voice is saying, hear what my ideas are and hear my mindset on how to fix the city."
Morris is not the only young adult politician out to make a difference.
22-year-old Mason Wallace is a candidate running for Dora city council. He dabbled in politics in high school and college
"I've always been interested in the political process from a very young age," Wallace explains. "It's always kind of been a passion of mine."
Now, Wallace says he wants to be able to speak for the people in the community and help get things done for them. Wallace credits social media for helping fire up youth about politics
his Facebook page is an important part of his campaign.
"Mainly to connect with people, go door to door, people get to see your face, that's going to be
the main part of my campaigning." Wallace says of his Facebook page. "It's definitely going to be a challenge, but part of the passion I love about it is the challenge of the political game."
In Cordova, 23-year-old Lauren Vance ran unopposed in her district for city council.
Vance, whose background is in education got involved in the community after the April 27th tornadoes. She worked with the Walker Area Community Foundation, coordinating recovery efforts with FEMA. That's what sparked her interest in taking on more.
"I kind of felt like they needed somebody to come in, kind of with a fresh slate," says Vance. "Still knowing what's going on, been around long enough to know what's going on, what they've done, you know, their process, but kind of have kind of some new ideas."
Also in Cordova, 25-year-old Drew Gilbert is running for mayor, against incumbent Jack Scott.
Gilbert currently serves on Cordova's city council. After the April 27th tornadoes hit his city, the recovery process inspired him to run for a higher office.
"I'm hoping my age doesn't define me, it's more about what I want to do and what I'm capable of will define me in the end," says Gilbert.
All these young candidates believe a community needs a mixture of young and old.
Gilbert says, "You're not getting the views from all one side, you're getting that mixture of people who are in different phases of their life. People who are starting their families and not retiring, things like that. When you mesh all the ideas you can blend the community."