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Meet the 22-year-old university student running for Detroit Mayor

AGE AIN'T NOTHING BUT A NUMBER: Myya D Jones

AGE AIN’T NOTHING BUT A NUMBER: Myya D Jones

MYYA D JONES hasn’t graduated from university yet, but the Detroit native has announced her candidacy for mayor of her hometown.

“I am honoured to announce my bid for Mayor of Detroit,” the 22-year-old announced on Twitter. “The new year brings new opportunity to spark change in our city, #Detroit.”

The Michigan State University senior said it was her time spent interning at Capitol Hill that she knew her future would be in politics.

She told The Metro Times: “While I was interning in Congress, I knew [politics] was something I wanted to do. I want to give the voiceless a voice.”

Myya, who previously worked as a Google Student Ambassador, also hopes to limprove the local police force, connect with the city’s youth and advocate for mental health awareness.

“I have lots of plans for the neighborhoods,” she said. “I want people to be able to walk down the street and go to the park. I want to clean up our streets and make sure we have block clubs and neighborhood clubs. I want to make sure people feel a responsibility to their neighborhood. Right now those things aren’t happening.”

She added: “We need to create more opportunities for people to have jobs, for them to be financially literate,” she told the Metro Times.

Life hasn’t always been so positive for the student.

As a child, she was sexually abused and had to take on the responsibility of caring for her five siblings after her mom was diagnosed with bipolar disorder; Myya later discovered she had the disorder as well.

Despite the many obstacles she’s had to overcome, she was accepted into Cass Technical High School and was later awarded 18 scholarships to attend Michigan State University, where she’s currently studying Business Management.

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