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Keep Calm and Vote Neil

Over 10,000 doors, 1,000 yard signs, 14 weeks, one candidate. When I first interviewed for my internship on Neil Anderson’s Illinois Senate campaign back in July, our campaign manager, Jim, said to me, “The thing about campaigns is you either love it or you hate it, but once you get the bug, you never go back.” To say I’ve caught the bug might be putting it mildly. I’ve had a good handful of jobs since I started working when I was 15, even jobs that I loved, but never have I had something as special as this. They say it’s not even work when you love what you do, let me tell you, whoever they are, they’re right.
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This opportunity has given me experiences that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Not only have I learned invaluable information about people and communication skills that will help me professionally, but I have also made memories and friends that I will never forget. I work in a place where I know the people will always support me, even praise me. There will always be excited and unexpected conversation, and I know that, without a doubt, there will never be a dull day.
moonlight parade With less than 24 hours until it’s all over, I’ve been reflecting, maybe a little too much, about how amazing this experience has been. Just the fact that I’m ecstatic to go to work at 3am tomorrow says everything about how much I love this job. I could rave about how great it all is forever, but the reason it’s all so great, what makes it so easy is the candidate himself.
When you have a candidate as amazing as Neil, it makes the job so easy. I support Neil, not because I work for him, not because he’s a Republican, I support Neil because he is one of the best people I’ve ever met. He cares more about his family than anyone I know, and he is truly passionate about what he does. I know that Neil will put the constituents first at all costs, and that is something I can support.
As I think about tomorrow, I’m conflicted. I’m so excited and nervous for the results, and I’m saddened that it will all be coming to an end. But more than anything I’m grateful, so incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to meet the amazing people I’ve met and have under my belt one of the most unique experiences I’ve had yet.
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So get out and vote tomorrow folks and remember, Keep Calm and Vote Neil Anderson.

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