Mayoral candidate Michael P. Ross met with a group of tattooed skateboarders, the recommendation of a campaign intern in his 20s with a passion for the sport. Martin J. Walsh hired a 24-year-old communications assistant who pushes him to pepper his Twitter posts with more exclamation points and adjectives.
And one of Charlotte Golar Richie’s volunteers, a Northeastern University graduate student, has suggested holding a Zumba class on the campaign trail. “Charlotte loves Zumba,” said Ashley Brown, 25.
Aerobics has yet to make it on the schedule, but the idea reflects the passion and interests brought to the race by men and women in their late teens and early 20s who grew up knowing only Thomas M. Menino as their mayor.
Energized by the wide open field, they have joined campaigns usually dominated by union activists, city employees, and older voters.
“People my age have never seen an election like this,” said Beata Coloyan, a Boston University senior who grew up in Hyde Park. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.