By Jasmine Stodel
A viral joke video catapults Hayden Pedigo – a 24-year-old artist and experimental musician in Amarillo, Texas – into the spotlight and prompts him to make a surprise bid for city council. KID CANDIDATE (a film by Jasmine Stodel) follows Pedigo’s unorthodox political campaign while unpacking issues of race, income inequality and gentrification in small-town America.
YOUR VOTE: NEXT GENERATION
What questions do young people across the U.S. have about our electoral process? Ahead of the 2022 midterms elections, join former PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs fellow Isaac Harte in conversation with Kid Candidate filmmaker Jasmine Stodel and former candidate Hayden Pedigo about the issues facing the mobilization of young voters. Watch the recording! #KidCandidate #YourVote
KID CANDIDATE: AMARILLO, TX SCREENING & Q&A
Caliche Co. in Amarillo, TX hosted "kid candidate" and musician Hayden Pedigo for a free screening of Kid Candidate followed by a special Q&A moderated by High Plains Public Radio's Jenny Inzerillo.