June 12, 2016
By Mary Holt
Upon getting accepted into the Kirk Watson Campaign Academy, I didn’t have a definitive list of what I expected. Why? I’m glad you asked. New situations can be daunting because I’m used to being in my comfort zone and not stepping out. The thought of gathering together a group of people who don’t know one another can at times be chaotic and stressful! (Unnecessary stress is something I twirl, twist, and snap 3 times to stay away from.) So I vowed not to set a list of what I expected but to come with my mind open and a ready-to-work spirit.
I look forward to finding hope once again in political campaigns again. They can be nasty, throwing-shade matches that hurt real live people way after the campaign is over.
I hope to gain knowledge of how campaigns are coordinated and ran.
I hope to learn all that I can about the candidates that we work with and how their interests and issues make them unique from other candidates.
I hope to be engaged by my peers in learning new things about them and seeing how our different styles mesh together to create and complete projects as they come along.
I look onward and hope to learn how third party organizations labor with the candidates and their campaigns towards the mutual goal of shared interests seeing and hopefully election for the candidate.
I’m optimistic that my peers and I will be able to see the essence of selfless, educated and involved political action at its finest as we are involving ourselves in the hard work of canvassing, block walking and phone banking for the campaign.
I am expecting a master class of political knowledge to be taught by those not just with degrees on paper but also with velvety, multidimensional layers of campaign experience that can be passed on to us to spark the flame of learning and eagerness within us all.
I hope that while learning and performing the work, no one loses their interest or faith in the political process.
I hope get fired up about some aspect of the political process. I hope we all find something that will invigorate us to move to be the change that we want to see. I hope we can help stop a generation of millennials from sitting on the famed election sideline because they believe that they can’t generate real change in our local and national political habitats with their support and showing up to vote.
I look at working on a campaign as a growing experience for us all. I hope everyone will test their limits of knowledge and learn what they are made of.
I hope that as we are navigating the Austin political atmosphere, discovering the political hometown heroes, and working to enhance the reach of our candidate’s message through outreach to the community voters, we see that political life while it has its struggles, obstacles, and real concerns, it also has the beauty to create change by exchanging ideals, making a plan, and getting to work and that to us, should be like Visa, everywhere we want to be!