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Mayoral candidate, 21, proving age is only a number when it comes to politics

21 year old student running for Mayor of Oneonta

By By MEGAN KOSKOVICH

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A 21-year-old local college student is out to prove that age is just a number, especially when it comes to politics.

Jason Corrigan is going to be a senior this year at SUNY Oneonta. He's hoping that his job once he graduates is going to be the next mayor of Oneonta.

"I found there is a lot of potential and character in Oneonta, and it needs to be tapped into," Corrigan said.

We first heard about Corrigan after a viewer posted an article about him on YouNews. He said he knows that his age will play a factor in his campaign, but he doesn't think it will be the only factor.

"It's about heart and determination that one puts into this position."

"I think more and more people my age are stepping up to the plate and saying 'Just because I am younger than what is typically out there, does not mean I am less concerned about my government or environment."

Corrigan is part of a growing network of young men and women who are looking to serve in public office. Right now there are 26 people, all under the age of 30, who are serving as mayors across the country.

There is already competition heating up for the race of mayor of Oneonta. Erik Miller, currently serving as the Third Ward Alderman in Oneonta, recently won the endorsement of the Republican party.

Richard Miller is running on the Democratic Party line. He is the former president of Hartwick College.

Corrigan is running on the independent line under his party "Unifying Oneonta."

Democratic Mayor John Nader is not seeking another term.

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