In a first, Peruvian with Down syndrome runs for parliament

  • In this Dec. 13, 2019 photo, congressional candidate Bryan Russell campaigns at San Martin Plaza in Lima, Peru. Russell, who has Down syndrome, is a candidate for Peru-Nacion, a center-right party that is not widely known in Peru, but his bold campaign ahead of the Jan. 26 parliamentary elections is getting attention. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

  • In this Dec. 13, 2019 photo, congressional candidate Bryan Russell, gives an interview at his home in Lima, Peru. Russell, 27, wants to use his election campaign for public office to raise awareness about people with disabilities, and he says he represents an alternative to the scourge of corruption in Peru that has brought down presidents and weakened democratic institutions. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

  • In this Dec. 13, 2019 photo, Bryan Russell takes a call as he campaigns for Congress in Lima, Peru. Russell is the first person with Down syndrome to run for public office, according to the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

LIMA, Peru — Bryan Russell has Down syndrome and does daily speech exercises, putting pens and corks in his mouth to help build up low muscle tone there. He is also waging a longshot bid to become a national Peruvian lawmaker, going door to door in Lima to ask for votes.

0 Comments