Lydia Laythe is running for Washington Township Council in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Before she decided to run for office, Lydia worked as a trauma therapist, working with children and adults. In her work as a social worker and therapist, Lydia saw the impact systemic and community-level decisions were having on the individual lives of her clients, and she realized that many decision-makers didn’t realize the impact they were having. So she became involved in local organizing groups like French Creek Indivisible, Erie County United, Erie County Young Democrats, Fair Districts PA, and People for a Livable Erie.
Lydia is the youngest person to run for Washington Township Council, but she hopes her campaign will help other young people in the township see themselves in elected office!