January 10, 2018
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 January 10, 2018, is Idaho Young Democrats Treasurer Kelsey Dillon. Kelsey received her BA in Political Science in May 2016 from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. During her time in Oregon, she worked field on a State Senate campaign, where they ran a successful race against a Republican incumbent. After graduation, she interned under the Finance Director of Future PAC, the coordinated campaign for the Oregon House Democrats. After moving to Idaho in 2016, she participated in field for the Idaho Democratic Party, and worked as a Senate Attache for the Assistant Minority Leader and Caucus Chair in the 2017 legislative session. She is 28 years old and currently works as the Finance and Development Director for the Idaho Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (IDLCC). Kelsey is thrilled to be a part of the Idaho Young Democrats.
Question 1: What made you want to get involved in politics? And what was your first political experience like?
Kelsey: I stumbled into politics in college. It wasn’t more than a few weeks in to a class when I realised how much I loved the intricacies of political science. So, I started researching. Reading. Asking questions. Talking to people. Eventually I determined politics was my path. I will never forget the first door I knocked by myself. I was terrified and convinced there was a murderer on the other side of that door. As it turned out, the frail old woman on the other side of the door wasn’t too big on murdering people and we had a great conversation. People love to talk to people who will listen.
Question 2: What is one thing you were surprised to learn when you first got involved?
Kelsey: I don’t think there was ever just one thing I was surprised by. I generally felt like I had discovered Narnia.
Question 3: Who is/was your greatest political inspiration? Why?
Kelsey: So many great people but I always get teary-eyed when I think about Barack Obama. He was and is an incredible leader and feminist. He was the first President I voted for and I voted for him twice. I still want to crawl back into my 2015 Obama Administration security blanket. Also, RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg). She’s been slayin’ and taking names long before it was appropriate (it could be argued it still isn’t) for women to do that. She takes no hostages.
Question 4: What words of wisdom would you give to young people?
Kelsey: Learn as much as you can and never stop learning. Always ask questions and really listen to people when they talk. Whenever you can, do what excites you. But know that it’s okay to not always be comfortable or doing something you love. Stretch your mind and your body. It’s good for you!
Question 5: What issues are you most passionate about?
Kelsey: I am passionate about creating a world where all humans are able to have their basic needs met and the opportunity to succeed.
Question 6: What would you like to see happen in Idaho politics this year?
Kelsey: Minimum wage increase and more money in our rural schools!
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