My name is Jackie Morgan, and I was born and raised in Salt Lake City. I’m 16 years old, so I’m a junior in high school. I was a spring and summer fellow for the campaign and I’m going to continue helping out this fall. I always tell people that I’ve been involved in politics since I was a little kid. When I was five, my mom did a lot of canvassing for local Democratic candidates and she would get me to come along by telling me that it was like trick-or-treating.
Utah is kind of a funny state because we’re such a small operation. One of the biggest things I do, though, is help out with border state trips. Obviously, Utah isn’t a battleground state, so a lot of what we do revolves around making trips to Colorado. That can be tough, but it also shows people’s dedication to the campaign, which is really inspiring. I make all of the arrangements and lead a lot of the trainings leading up to the trips. So I put together carpools, coordinate housing arrangements—that sort of thing. It’s important to me that we make sure the trips run smoothly because these volunteers are doing such an important thing by offering up that kind of time for the campaign, and I want to make sure they don’t have to worry about the details. I want to make it as easy as possible for them so that they’ll continue doing all of that great work. We’re doing a Colorado trip this weekend and we have 80 people going, which is the biggest trip we’ve had yet. People are getting more and more excited. We just have to keep up the momentum!
One of my favorite things to do is leading big trainings and events. We always watch the “Fired up, ready to go” video at the end and the volunteers always break into cheers—it’s so great. We do trainings before each trip and we basically tell people everything they need to know in order to get out there and canvass and register some voters.
I really just love the environment in the office—that’s the best part of working on the campaign for me. The energy is so awesome. The people I’ve met on the campaign are going to be my best friends for life. It may be long hours and hard work, but I always have a great time because of the people. And I know that the work that I’m doing is making a big difference—that keeps me motivated.
I first got involved in the campaign because I figure if I can’t vote yet, I have to work extra hard to make my voice heard—and this election means a lot to me. I’m a high school student, so obviously student loan reform is huge for me. I know that I don’t have to worry so much about paying for college now and hopefully I can get a Pell Grant as well! President Obama is really fighting for students. Everything President Obama has done for women also really stands out to me. Now I can go into the workforce knowing that I won’t get an unfair wage just because of my gender. My mom works in the health care field and she sees patients all the time who are uninsured and who can’t get the treatment that they need, so she sees Obamacare literally save lives. And as someone who’s under 26, Obamacare is personally important for me because I get to stay on my parents’ health care plan for another 10 years. I also do some work for preventive care with Planned Parenthood, so President Obama’s support for that really means the world.
Anytime I meet supporters who aren’t volunteering, I try to get them excited by telling them how close this election is— and we only have 54 days left! I’m busy too—I’m in high school and I take tons of AP classes, so if I can do it, they can do it too. People just need to realize how huge a difference they can make is just a few hours a week. Really the best thing I can do to get other people involved is try to inspire them with my own story. I come to the office every day right after school and do everything I can. I could have stopped once school started back up, but I want to stick with this and see it through until the very end.
Join Jackie—volunteer in your neighborhood and see this thing through until the very end.