Some students are getting ready for Georgia's 10th Congressional District elections this May as they also prepare for finals.
Sophomore Max Harris is one of the students who have decided to work with a candidate’s campaign staff, as reported in The Red & Black.
Harris, from Marietta, said he always was into politics growing up. Last year he was involved in Democrat Jon Ossoff’s congressional campaign, and currently, Harris is the deputy fundraiser director of Democrat Chalis Montgomery’s campaign.
After hearing Chalis speak at a Young Democrats meeting on campus fall semester, he said he came on board with her message and the issues she was battling for.
“The second Trump won the presidency, I committed to being in politics to see that out," Harris said. "I want to be involved. I don’t care how or whatever capacity ... If I’m sleeping on floors or knocking on doors. Whatever role it is, it’s necessitated by the current circumstances in our country."
Many students said seeing current Georgia Rep. Jody Hice’s voting record was more reason to get involved in the District 10 race.
Madison Cooper, a junior political science major from Augusta, said she knew she wanted to “primary Hice out” after working at the House of Representatives and getting to know the representative last year.
Cooper is now the fundraising coordinator for Republican Joe Hunt’s campaign.
“With District 10 growing more and more liberal each year, it’s important for me that the district doesn’t flip,” Cooper said. “I think Joe has a better chance of working with Democrats than Jody Hice does because Hice is so far right. I think Joe will be able to rally people of all ideologies.”
Liam Watson, a freshman international affairs major and Democrat, is campaigning for a Republican candidate because Hunt’s commitment to bipartisan support attracted him to the campaign.
“It’s important to put a vision of where America needs to be going rather than your party affiliation,” Watson said. “I think the long and short of it, Jody Hice lowers the bar for politics in America. I think he sets the bar so incredibly low that it’s hard not to trip over it sometimes and fall down to that level.”
Aditya Krishnaswamy, a sophomore statistics and math major from Marietta, volunteers for Democrat Richard Dien Winfield’s campaign.
He said two issues voters seem to be passionate about is gun reform and Winfield’s federal jobs guarantee. He hopes to help Winfield with phone banking and canvassing to talk with the community about these issues.
District 10 candidates include Richard Dien Winfield, Chalis Montgomery, Tabitha Johnson-Green, Joe Hunt, Bradley Griffin and incumbent Jody Hice.
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