New Orleans, LA (PPN) – Hashim Walters, 22, is ready to bring change to his hometown of New Orleans as he campaigned Thursday in Norman Park to tell the citizens of Algiers that he will enter in the race for Mayor 2017.
Facing a lot of criticism doesn’t phase the young black man who’s ready to take on the biggest responsibility in the Crescent City. Many who know Hashim personally or have met him say that one of his goals was always to run for Mayor and now he is making his dreams come true.
“There was a time where people said, JFK, that he was inexperienced. They didn’t think that he was qualified to run for president but for his two years in office, he did a great job,” Walters told WWL.
He graduated from Birmingham Southern College and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Walters leadership skills are quite impressive for a recent college graduate. In college, he was elected as President for the Black Student Union for two terms. When he attended O. Perry Walker High School, he was the SGA President for two terms also.
“I believe that people are ready for something different. A new style of politics,” Walters stated.
It takes a lot of courage and confidence to run for a political office at such a young age but Walters is not wasting any time.
He wants to be a great example for the youth in his community and make New Orleans a better city collectively and for all, which makes his campaign slogan “We are one” perfect for his vision.
“The number one thing that my generation can take from this election is that we have a voice and we can help shape this city.”
Walters interned at City Hall in 2016 for a council member and said one of his main focuses will be on affordable housing, creating and training employment opportunities for New Orleans, and public safety.