As the August primaries draw closer the representative I work for intensifies her work in-district. She knocks doors, talks to constituents one-on-one, and hosts town hall meetings for large groups of people. Most of our team goes with her, because I work another job over three hours away from the district I was chosen to stay behind and manage the office. Each day since the first of July I have been the only member of our team working in Lansing.
For the most part things have remained the same. I answer calls, sort the mail, and manage constituent complaints or concerns. However, now I cannot rely on guidance from our constituent relations director before I take action on an issue. The independence has been amazing, but a little frightening. I love being able to take control of my day and to do things at my own pace, but finding solutions to life-altering problems for grown adults can be daunting. I am gradually becoming more confident in my role, but I do appreciate that our coordinator is just a text away if I need any assistance.