are in the air as Americans stand poised to pick the first president
of the new millennium. But does anybody really care? "There is
a feeling that people are disconnected from national policies
and politics," says Carroll Doherty of the Pew Research Center
for the People and the Press in Washington, D.C. "It's not anger
or frustration, just disinterest. People are pretty disengaged
on a national level." |||
But, closer to home, it's a totally different story. Close a school,
raise city taxes, or plan a housing development in someone's backyard,
and people jam local political meetings to make themselves heard.
||| Oh yes, politics are alive
and kicking when people believe the issues significantly touch
their lives. On the following pages, meet five grads now in elected
office who are molding public policy where people feel it most
- in their cities, counties, and states.