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Local Student Proposes Teenagers to be Recognized as Non-Voting Members of the Morgan City Council

by Jordyn Dupre

by KQKInews
3 minutes read

Central Catholic Sophomore Lucy Kincade addressed the Morgan City Council at a meeting held on March 26, proposing that Morgan City officials initiate a youth council that will assist the parish as non-voting members.

Kincade proposes that two students be chosen from both high schools in the area, Morgan City High School and Central Catholic High, that would attend the city council’s monthly meetings to represent the youth. 

Kincade says it is important that the youth have a say in what goes on because one day they will be the leaders of the city. 

The high school representative would also be able to go back and relay the messages and ideas that were proposed at the meeting to their schools. 

“It really is just a good way for the youth to be connected with the government”, says Kincade.

Kincade already has teenagers reaching out to her about the idea with interest in being selected. 

The Morgan City Council and Kincade are now in discussion on how the students would be selected; however right now the idea is to get teachers from the schools to recommend students and the principles will review them.

A possible committee was even discussed but overall, the students will be picked by the school.

The meeting concluded with Mayor Lee Dragna thinking the idea was good and telling Kincade to “Get the plan and they will run with it.” 

Kincade currently works for Mayor Lee Dragna’s office and is on the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC)The council is a subcommittee of youth chosen by the Senate that are able to work on bills and get the youth involved in statewide government. 

LYAC members go through a rigorous application process including a questionnaire and letters of recommendation, but ultimately Kincade was chosen as Louisiana’s Senate District, District 3 Rep.

When asked about where her love of politics comes from, Kincade told KQKI News that she owes much of her political inspiration to her parents, who brought her into the voting booth at a young age. 

Kincade says her parents always said,

“Don’t believe what you read on social media, go and do your own research…” 

After high school Kincade hopes to run and be elected for Louisiana State Representative and if she is elected, will make history as one of the youngest legislators in Louisiana history at 18 years old. 

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