Sebastian Ivory

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2017

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Politics & International Affairs and Sociology

Hometown: Boone, NC

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Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: 1984 by George Orwell or Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: “You’re broken down and tired/ Of living life on a merry-go-round/And you can’t find the fighter/But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out/And move mountains/We gonna walk it out/And move mountains” – Andra Day

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are: Barack Obama, FDR, JFK, John Podesta

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: My best memory from WTV has to be getting to attend the final night of the Democratic Convention. While engaging both sides is important, at the end of the day, I’m a partisan Democrat. Sitting and cheering with my fellow Democrats as Hillary Clinton accepted our nomination for president was really special. Despite supporting Bernie Sanders in the primary, I felt unified with my Democratic family in that moment. I also “accidentally” snuck by security to get onto the floor after the balloons fell, allowing me to see much of the delegate excitement first hand, as well as rub elbows with many of the most influential Democrats today. Before the Democratic Convention, I felt like I was slipping into a state of apathy about the election, but afterwards, I was fired up and ready to go! Many memories will Kum & Go, but I’ll remember this night for a long time.

Blog Posts

Party Realignment?

Hey Everyone—- What an election season we’re enduring right now. I’m still at a loss for words for just what I think about this election. Over the past week, I’ve had a few media outlets interview me asking for my opinion about this election, and the best word I...

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A Look Inside the College Democrats

Hey Everyone—– As I thought about how I wanted to conclude my blogging for the summer, I knew I wanted to end with something I was incredibly passionate about, and immediately realized I wanted to write something focused on my work as president of the...

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Flawed Campaign Logic- Is it Amateur Hour?

Hey Everyone—- Another couple weeks have gone by, and since the conventions, it appears that the Trump campaign has remained in disarray. While I don’t believe this election is over, I think the Trump campaign should be incredibly worried as we move...

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Hey everyone Last Thursday, Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination for the Democratic Party. I was lucky enough to be there and feel the atmosphere. Hearing the yelling and screaming made me all the more enthusiastic to cast my ballot for Hillary in November. While...

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We Will Be #StrongerTogether

Hey everyone!   As I write this on the drive between Washington DC and Philadelphia, I’m pondering what my expectations are for the Democratic Party. When we were traveling to Cleveland, I definitely felt a bit uncomfortable, due to the fact that my values are...

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Closing the Door on the RNC

Shutting the Door on the RNC—- As we move away from the RNC, I’ve begun reflecting on how effective the RNC was, and what this may mean as we move towards November. There’s clearly a deep divide within the Republican Party. I don’t think anyone is disputing...

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Leaving the Comfort Zone

Hey everyone! We’ve made it through one full day in Cleveland now, and I have to admit, it wasn’t as scary as I would have thought. When I was traveling up here, everyone told me to be safe, and to watch myself in the unfamiliar climate. I even had...

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Lookin’ Local

While  many people are attune to the presidential race, there are countless local issues, which also deserve significant attention. In North Carolina, the months of June and July are devoted to county Boards of Election working out early voting plans, including...

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North Carolina Second Primary- Focus on the Fifth

After the old maps for the US House of Representatives were ruled unconstitutional (specifically districts 1 and district 12), North Carolina voters were called to return to the polls on June 7th to pick their congressional candidates for the November election. While...

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The Roller Coaster of Primary Season

    Woah, what a hectic North Carolina primary season. To be honest with everyone, it still hasn’t set in entirely. On March 15th, I was proud to go and vote in my first presidential primary, and cast a vote for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for...

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