A huge privilege and responsibility…
I distinctly remember my first election experience. In second grade, all the students were given an elephant and donkey and the opportunity to cast a ballot. At the time, I was a student in DoD (US military) school system in Germany. I was thrilled to be able to do something the adults did and spent so much time discussing. When I asked my father if I should vote elephant or donkey, my father responded, "The elephant gives Daddy a job."
I have always had a natural affection toward politics. My mother tells me that instead of having tea with my dolls, I had tea and crumpets with President Reagan and the First Lady. Many years later, I had the great opportunity to be chief communications adviser for a Texas House of Representatives Campaign. I envisioned myself a future Karl Rove. Of course, a communications career in the political sector is not a secure job. With a young daughter, insurance and a stable income are a necessity. I have not given up on my dream or naive notions of West Wing potential.
Tonight my four year old daughter is tagging along with me to a precinct meeting and caucus vote. Hopefully, I pass along my passion for politics and American spirit. I am proud to be an American.
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