At just 19 year old, Eloisa Melendez became the youngest member on Norwalk's Common Council since 1977. I sat down with Councilwoman Melendez to discuss her passion for politics and goals for the future.
From a young age, Melendez had an interest in politics, recalling going to the voting booth with her mother.
"My mom always brought me with her to go vote and I couldn't wait until I could finally vote. The first time I voted was in the Presidental Election in 2012. The next time I would vote would be for myself.
Even before running, Melendez kept up with issues around her community and in the nation. "I would always keep up with the news and kind of see what's going on not only in Connecticut but in the country."
As the youngest member of the Council, Melendez said "People are used to seeing older Council members so when I would be at events and fundraisers and knocking on doors, I would be talking to people but I would never say that I'm 19. Somebody else would usually hold my shoulders, pop in and say "You know she's 19""
"There are people who express how proud and how nice it is to see somebody from their town that young getting involved, but at the same time they're like you know it's a lot of work and kind of are on the fence like, can you actually make a difference, can you actually do what you promised and represent District A."
Regarding the new term for the Common Council, Melendez said "It's going to be interesting but I really personally hope we can all work together as much we can. Obviously we're going to disagree on somethings, that's a given. I just came from High School, I know what it's like to work with people you normally wouldn't want to or stuff like that. In High School it's all about getting that grade, that good grade on that group project. In this case, it's all about doing what we can for the City."
The next Common Council meeting is Tuesday, December 10th
in the Common Council Chambers at Norwalk City Hall.