Over the next year, Reno Public Radio news is bringing you profiles of local voters to find out what issues are important to them ahead of the 2016 election. Last week, we heard from a Sparks veteran who supports Donald Trump, and today, we hear from a soon-to-be first-time voter.
Kate Krolicki is a senior at George Whittel High School near South Lake Tahoe, but she has a much bigger title this election season.
“I’m the Nevada youth engagement chair for the Jeb Bush Campaign 2016. And my focus is to try and get seniors in high schools that are going to be first-time voters."
For Krolicki, her passion for politics developed at a young age.
“I’ve been interested in politics since growing up. My family is in public service, so I kind of watched them truly make a difference and want to help make a difference.”
So far, Krolicki has held voter registration drives and organized a carpool of her classmates to meet Columba Bush, who visited the University of Nevada, Reno campus earlier this month.
“Seniors in high school don't really get the experience or the knowledge to know who to vote for, what they should be supporting [and] what's going to be important to them when they're going through college — student loans, future jobs — and so you just gotta really show them what candidates are going to do for them for the future, and I think Jeb’s gonna be the best one for them.”
Krolicki says her classmates are most concerned about the economy and what jobs will be available to them once they graduate.