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Teen Runs for Denton City Council

Eighteen-year-old says, "It's time for real change"

By Sara Story
|  Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011  |  Updated 8:11 PM CDT
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Eighteen-year-old Zoro Gomez is beginning his political career early with a bid for <a title=Denton City Council." />

Sara Story, NBCDFW.com

Eighteen-year-old Zoro Gomez is beginning his political career early with a bid for Denton City Council.

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A Denton teenager is beginning his political career at an early age with a run for City Council.

Like many college students, Zoro Gomez spends much of his time studying, but what he does outside of the classroom is uncommon for an 18-year-old.

"The problem with my generation -- or at least I've noticed -- is that they have better things to do than go out and vote, when people in other countries would do anything for one chance to have a saying," he said.

Gomez, whose campaign slogan is "it's time for real change," is shaking up Denton's City Council race. He is running for the District 2 seat.

Both of his parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico, and Gomez said his family serves as his inspiration.

"Sometimes it really gets tough. Like, can I really fulfill the expectations of my family, what they really expect from me?" he said.

The teenager said his passion for politics started at an early age, and he wanted to jump in as soon as possible.

"I just don't want to be one of those regular people that ends up complaining about who's in office, what's going on," Gomez said.

He is running against incumbent Councilman Dalton Gregory, but Gomez said the experience of running is what matters. He said he is already learning lessons along the way.

"Of course, this is my first time running," Gomez said. "I made a mistake on my business cards, so the first batch went to waste."

Armed with a new batch, Gomez is going door-to-door meeting the citizens he hopes to represent.

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