Katherine Cassidy

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2019

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Politics & International Affairs and Religious Studies double major

Hometown: McLean, Virginia

Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: Democracy in America by Alexis de Toqueville

My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – JFK

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” – Thomas Jefferson

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are: Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: Definitely attending the Chris Christie and John Kasich town halls in New Hampshire. I really appreciated being in the room with a small group of local voters discussing issues that were important to their community. The town halls served as a bridge between the “big picture” of policy and the individual voter. Seeing politicians on T.V. and in the news can make individuals seem unapproachable, and the unpredictable and intimate setting of a town hall proved that everyone is still a human being, even if they appear on CSPAN more often than you binge-watch House of Cards on Netflix.

Blog Posts

You don’t need to travel to be involved

One of the biggest blessings of my participation in Wake the Vote is that I have had the opportunity to travel across the country to Iowa, New Hampshire, Washington D.C., and South Carolina to experience the presidential election first-hand. The reaction of many of my...

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2 Governors: 1 Failure

Expectations, energy, and outreach efforts are three elements of a presidential campaign that one witnesses when on-the-ground in a political campaign, particularly when on-the-ground on the day of a presidential primary. I went to two campaigns the day of the South...

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News Flash: Your Vote Matters.

This past weekend, Wake the Vote packed our bags and drove up to New Hampshire. Although the Iowa Caucuses marks the beginning of the 2016 Presidential election, the New Hampshire primary is the first exhibition of the traditional democratic process. And boy, are the...

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Rallies, Caucuses, and Media – oh my!

My weekend in Iowa has been quite the adventure. Due to an unfortunate touch of food poisoning Monday morning, my 2016 Iowa Caucus weekend experience was a bit unique. Although I was assigned to work on the Ted Cruz campaign, I spent the majority of Monday sleeping in...

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