Q: How did you connect with Lauren Underwood and her campaign? Did you know much about her?
A: I was motivated after the 2016 election and an internship in Washington, D.C., to get involved with a campaign and volunteer for a candidate I was passionate about. I reached out to a local family friend who was connected with several campaigns. She said a woman who was running for Congress needed volunteers and interns. I sent a résumé and cover letter, met with Lauren and was brought on as the campaign’s first intern. I initially did not know much about her, but after researching and meeting with Lauren, I knew she was someone who wanted to support her community and serve her constituents. Her values aligned with my own.
Q: What was the atmosphere of the campaign like early on … and later as it became clear Underwood had a chance to win?
A: Campaigns are like no other work environment and like no other experience I have ever had; the atmosphere is electric. Early on, the atmosphere was one of excitement, anticipation and anxiety. We were working incredibly diligently to engage the community and really build the congresswoman’s name recognition. As time progressed and we got closer to the election, the campaign was filled with excitement. We were hopeful, working each and every day to reach voters. A campaigns is an incredible experience—like nothing else I have done.