WATCH: 11-year-old political prodigy sets St. Louis officials straight
An 11-year-old St. Louis boy has garnered national attention in the wake of his remarks to county officials during the demonstrations in Ferguson last month, CBS News reported.
Marquis Govan has been profiled by CBS News and NPR following his comments to the St. Louis County Commission regarding the protests that were spurred on by the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
“The people of Ferguson, I believe, don’t need tear gas thrown at them,” Govan said at the Aug. 19 meeting. “I believe they need jobs. I believe the people of Ferguson, they don’t need to be hit with batons. What they need is people to be investing in their businesses.”
Govan, who currently attends the Loyola Academy prep school in St. Louis, has reportedly developed an interest in politics while living with his great-grandmother, Jennie Bracy. Bracy took custody of Govan when he was 2 years old, and would take him to the polls with her when she went to vote.
“My parents, they were not in the conditions — let’s say that — to take care of me,” Govan told NPR. “They didn’t have what they needed to take care of me.”
Bracy told CBS that by now, she trusts Govan when he recommends candidates.
“He says, ‘We’re voting for this person, that person, and that person,'” Bracy said.
According to CBS, Govan is an avid fan of cable news shows and hopes to be a senator, or perhaps even the president, as he gets older. He will be eligible for the presidency in 2040.
“I’m not there for the power,” he said of his political aspirations. “I would be there to do a job.”
Watch CBS’ report on Govan, as aired on Sunday, below.
[h/t Mother Jones]