When I left home to drive to Maine in June, I had never worked on a political campaign. I was a self-described activist for reproductive justice and education reform, but both Maine and politics were totally uncharted territory for me. I had been assigned to work with the Shenna Bellows for US Senate campaign as a field organizing Fellow, and I was excited to work for such a young, fearless defender of equal pay, reproductive freedom, voting rights, marriage equality, and many other crucial issues.
Not long after I began working with the York County organizing team, I unofficially took the suddenly vacated position of York field organizer. I spent the summer organizing phone banks, staffing Shenna at events, meeting with voters and Democratic candidates throughout the state of Maine, and representing our team at local parades and festivals. Shenna, demonstrating her characteristic grit and ambition, decided to spend 23 days in July and August walking 350 miles across the state of Maine from Houlton to Kittery. Much of my fellowship was spent mapping the route and planning events for my York county section of the walk. On my last day on the job, Shenna finished her walk at a hugely successful press conference and rally (which I planned) in Kittery. My summer as a SNAP fellow was indescribably challenging, educational, and inspiring, and I can’t wait to use my new knowledge and skills in future field organizing positions on honest progressive campaigns like Shenna’s.