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Since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, there has been many people who have felt compelled to take part in politics. Women especially feel motivated to get involved considering his acts and comments toward them. My mom is one of these people. In January of 2016 we went to our first Women’s March together. Even though we were freezing, we had so much fun and met some really great people. The following year we went again and she signed up to become a delegate at the Indiana Democrats Convention in June.

She was so excited to hear the speakers, meet new friends, and partake in the fancy dinner that she would attend. When she came home, she was so excited to tell all of us that she had decided to run for Miami County Clerk. It was all a shock to us, but this was something she really wanted to do, get involved.

Ever since that June day, I have been helping her campaign. For a week all she talked about was her “brand” and her “look.” She didn’t know what colors she wanted, what she wanted her signs to look like; She didn’t even know how to campaign. My mom attended numerous meetings with the Miami County Democratic Party and several other official people. In these meetings she designed shirts, signs, and her campaign strategy. Although the process of figuring it all out was stressful at times, I could tell she was having the time of her life.

My mom attended fairs, dinners, chilli cookoffs, open houses, and several other events to campaign and get her name out there. She even has taken part in several parades. Every weekend for the past five months had been taken up with attending these events, canvassing, and anything political.

It’s been really neat to watch everything unfold. She ran expecting not to win since the demographic of where we live is republican, and she is running as a democrat. Recently, the third party candidate was forced out of the race for a crime she committed when she was eighteen. Now, this was really getting serious for my mom. There had even been numerous republicans siding with her and putting her signs in their yards. This was getting real.

When I asked her about how she was feeling about the race, she said, “I don’t know. It really could go either way. With all the people that don’t like my opponent, I might actually have a chance.” On the day of the election I helped my mom set out signs at the polling places, campaign, and work the polls. Most of the day involved driving and standing. At the polls in Denver, my mom talked to a man and even got him to vote for her.

At about eight o’clock the results were in. Not a single democrat candidate won. Not one person surpassed 29 percent. Many of the democrats wondered why it was such a strong defeat against them, but it was clearly the obvious. Miami County is a very red county with people who may not have ever voted democrat in their lives, so why would they change? Humans are creatures of habit. Although my mom lost, I am still so proud of her for doing this. She went above and beyond what people advised her to do. It was definitely a learning experience for not just her but all the democrats that ran in Miami County.

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