This week I started working on Donna Lasinski’s campaign (the second campaign I’m working on), and it has been pretty interesting! My work hours are usually half a day working in the campaign office and the remaining half is out knocking doors. Having experienced some pretty tough non-profit canvassing in the past, my expectations for campaign-knocking were that the shifts were just as difficult. However, I was surprised on how pleasant it was! I was able to have good conversations with people and enjoyed the golden hours of summer. Additionally, we used the MiniVAN app which made finding homes and jotting down the statistics very convenient. I’ve heard that a lot of campaigns use this and it’s been very helpful and easy to learn! They ask me to occasionally help with finance work on the team, which is always a fun change of pace in my regular office time.
I also went to my first candidate forum this week, where I got to listen to a lot of local officials and candidates talk about their plans for Ann Arbor! It was interesting to hear them speak to the community in an intimate environment while enjoying adult refreshments. Everyone was very relaxed and I enjoyed seeing the candidates in such an accepting environment, where they felt free to express their opinions. This event really made me feel that the political environment is more accepting than what it seems on the outside, and I can’t wait to get involved!
One thing I’ve definitely noticed is that there is a sharp contrast between working on a state rep election and a U.S rep election and I’ve been working on balancing my time for them evenly. It has been a bit of a challenge, and I’m hoping everything will eventually click into place the more I work. I’m excited to see what this has in store, and I’m prepared to talk to all new people and learn from my peers in the process.