Last week, Virginians across the Commonwealth cast their votes to determine who would serve as Virginia’s next governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Throughout the Virginia gubernatorial campaign season, several Southern Virginia students volunteered for their choice of candidate.
Brea Roberts, a senior from Modesto, Calif., triple-majoring in history, politics and liberal arts, served as the office manager in Lexington, Va., for the Republican Party.
“Last year I worked on the Romney campaign and I just enjoyed being a part of the campaign and learning how a campaign works,” said Roberts. “[For Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign] I recruited volunteers and interns, met the candidates, made a lot of phone calls, knocked on a lot of doors and did a lot of paperwork and computer work.”
After she graduates from Southern Virginia, Roberts plans to pursue a law degree. She said that she has appreciated being a part of Cuccinelli’s campaign, in part because of the opportunity she had to make connections and meet people involved in different campaigns throughout the United States. Roberts was joined by two other students — Wright Noel and Melzer Jones — in volunteering for the campaign.
Several other Southern Virginia students, as well as one alumna, participated in Terry McAullife’s campaign. Colin Smith, a junior majoring in history from Silverspring, Md., spent time making phone calls, going door-to-door, and staffing events under the direction of Sara Helsel — a Southern Virginia alumna who served as the campaign’s deputy field organizer in Lexington, Va.
“[I volunteered] because I care a lot about politics,” said Smith. “My dad is a political scientist and I’ve been talking political theory since I can remember. I also really like Sara [Helsel] and I wanted to work for her.”
Smith said that his favorite part of volunteering was “getting to see Bill Clinton speak in Roanoke.” Smith previously has volunteered for campaigns both in Virginia and in his home state of Maryland. Smith said that other students — including Nicolas Jensen, Lindsay and Scott Dransfield, Mary Cragun, and Cody Shafer — also spent time volunteering for the campaign.
(Post by Hannah Benson Rodriguez ’13.)