Why This Teen Works On Clinton's Campaign, 2 Years Before She Can Vote
Victoria Sanchez seemed at home standing behind a table piled with clipboards while fielding questions from Wellesley College students and older campaign leaders.
The only thing Sanchez can't do to support Clinton, however, is actually vote.
Sanchez is a 16-year-old high school sophomore. She started working on the campaign last July when she was 15.
She tells Elite Daily it's “sometimes” frustrating she can't vote, but it's also part of why she so enjoys doing campaign work. People who had no intention of voting met Sanchez and told her they were so inspired by her doing this work at her age, they would now go vote.
In addition to working on the campaign and going to school, Sanchez is a varsity swimmer and actress. She says,
Another volunteer at the campaign office tells me she's “never seen such dedication" as she does in Sanchez.
Due to her high attendance rate, Sanchez was able to take a few days off school to work on the campaign, including primary day. But how does she manage to keep all this organized?
The 16-year-old says,
Sanchez was motivated to keep such a busy schedule by her belief in Clinton. Like many high schoolers, Sanchez is thinking about college, and she sees a Clinton presidency as the best way for her and her siblings to get through it financially intact, explaining,
Sanchez was able to meet the candidate several times and says Clinton remembers her name and says "hello." Before one town hall, Sanchez spoke to Clinton about her tuition worries. Then, during the town hall, Clinton addressed their conversation.
Some of Sanchez's friends were confused at first by her political involvement. But over the last several months, they recognized her work is pretty cool, especially given all the people she met. She says,
Still, Bernie Sanders had enough support in New Hampshire to win the state's primary, especially among the young voters. Sanchez says she has discussions with her friends who support Sanders, and they manage to keep conversations “civilized."
She tells Elite Daily,
Although Clinton lost in New Hampshire, Sanchez says she continues to support her candidacy. For now, Sanchez is taking a break from campaigning -- she has a local theater production of "Hairspray JR" to act in -- but she says,
Feeling kind of lazy about your involvement in politics yet? Same here. If you want to get involved in the campaign, it's easy: Just find your candidate's local office, walk in and ask what you can do.