To find out what drives mid-Missourians to be invested in politics, we're asking people about their political motivation and involvement. We will be periodically posting responses in our From Readers section.
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Tom Wright, an MU junior, is vice president of the Mizzou College Democrats.
I think first and foremost it is important for people, especially students, to be politically aware so come November they can make an informed decision when they vote in an election that will have serious implications for their future. If you aren't aware and don't vote, you are waiving your right and essentially saying you don't care what happens or how it will affect you.
My interest in politics started at an early age. I remember sitting down and watching "The West Wing" with my mom thinking how cool would it be to work behind the scenes in the White House running campaigns, writing speeches and directing policy. I first got involved in politics at 16 during the 2008 elections working for the Obama campaign. My job was primarily to phone bank and canvass my neighborhood. Immediately, I fell in love with it, and I still remember how rewarding it was to see Obama elected. Since then I have stayed involved in politics, joining Mizzou College Democrats as a freshman, and now I am serving as vice president as a junior and am continuing to work for Democratic candidates.
We want to hear what you have to say. Please send us your motivations for being politically involved by filling out the form below or emailing us your response to submissions@ColumbiaMissourian.com. We're looking for a diverse set of answers — long or short, broad or specific — from people of all political persuasions. If there's someone you'd like to hear from, let us know or forward the invitation along.
Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.