Each week, we nominate a Young Dem in Idaho for our weekly spotlight. Our goal is to increase involvement and highlight the hard work of amazing Young Dems in our state. To nominate someone for Young Dem of the Week, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Young Dem of the Week for the week of April 2, 2018, is Engage Idaho Deputy Director Amanda Reifers. Amanda was born in Texas and has lived in Idaho since 1991. She graduated from BSU in 2013 with a degree in Political Science. In 2014, Amanda was A.J. Balukoff’s volunteer coordinator. She worked at the Idaho Democratic Party in several capacities from 2016–2018. Engage Idaho is a non-profit and non-partisan civic engagement organization.
Question 1: What made you want to get involved in politics? What was your first political experience like?
Amanda: My American Government class in high school inspired me to be politically active. I knew that if I was going to impact the world around me, this would be the avenue that I would take to accomplish that. My very first political experience was casting a vote in 2000. As I watched the aftermath of the election unfold, I realized that voting for what you want is not enough. I was heartbroken that my candidate didn’t win, but I think that lesson has followed me ever since. When you feel passionate about a cause or campaign, you should be willing to roll your sleeves up and help with the work at hand. Volunteerism is so important. Volunteers are the most critical component to any effort.
Question 2: What is one thing you were surprised to learn when you first got involved?
Amanda: I was surprised how easy it was to find career opportunities in politics when I made the effort to stay involved as a volunteer.
Question 3: Who is/was your greatest political inspiration? Why?
Amanda: My High School American Government teacher. Cynthia Jenkins was a tireless advocate for community and political involvement of her students. She challenged us to never ignore the world around us, but to be a part of it. Apathy was never an option.
Question 4: What words of wisdom would you give to other young people?
Amanda: Never give up. Stick around, work hard, and opportunities will be available to take that work to the next level. Be willing to take a volunteer or intern position. Build relationships with every person that you meet.
Question 5: What issues are you most passionate about?
Amanda: Freedom and opportunity for all Idahoans. Access to affordable healthcare, education, Idaho’s beautiful public lands are essential to accomplish this. I am also passionate about holding elected leaders accountable so that these issues are on the top of their list of priorities.
Question 6: What would you like to see happen in Idaho politics this year?
Amanda: I would like to see the state government be more balanced. One party rule has failed Idahoans.
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