Campaign worker’s panic sets in: What to do next?


By Meghan Gallagher

Huffington post shared the story of Sarah Willenbrink-Sahin, the regional field director for the Ohio Democratic Party who was left unemployed after the Republican victory for the midterms. The article expressed this a common dilemma, “At the end of each midterm election, up to 20,000 people suddenly lose their jobs.”

While few staff members are hired as congressional aides or legislative assistants after the election, Willenbrink-Sahin ponders an administrative assistant job at Costco while a co-worker during the election, Jake McClelland, has plans of being a Lyft driver and working at a bakery. 

Huffington Post questions the impact the boom and bust nature of campaign work has on the actual campaigns, “But, over the course of the election, many campaign workers argued that the inability to retain people of talent and experience leads to weaker campaigns. People of color, who tend to lack the safety net of their white peers, say the lack of stability is also part of why campaigns are so homogenous.”

The reality of campaign work is that it’s long hours for little pay, but for many the experience makes it worth while. Campaign professionals say there are always young people desiring the experience, but politics is not something to consider lightly. 

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