Katies participating in the political process

Three determined young women are actively participating in our country’s democracy, and they just happen to be St. Kate students as well. Although their majors may not be directly related to politics, they chose to represent voters in their precincts because they want to create a better world in which we live in. Maggie Einess, Kalice Allen, and Maggie Singerhouse share their positions, hopes, and thoughts on the political process.

Maggie Einess, Math major; Chemistry major ’19

Photo of Maggie Einess, Double major in Math and Chemistry '19, Associate DFL Chair for her precinct.

Photo of Maggie Einess, Double major in Math and Chemistry ’19, Associate DFL Chair for her precinct.

Can you tell me a little bit more about what this position entails?

Being elected as Associate Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) Chair for our precinct in March was a great honor! This is a two-year volunteer position, decided by a majority vote during a precinct caucus. Over these next two years, I’ll help to serve as a link between our local government and voters, via outreach programs, the distribution of campaign and party literature, and the facilitation of the voter registration process. Especially in an election cycle as exciting as this year’s, it can be easy to forget that all aspects of government allow the people to have a voice. Local government, though often forgotten in lieu of state- and nationwide bodies, is an important part of the political process, and an effective way to facilitate positive change in the community.

What you’re hoping to accomplish in this position?

My goal as Associate Chair is to help people understand the processes of local and state governments, and to encourage others to become involved and to start using their voices!

Why is participating in the political process important to you?

This is a great opportunity to voice and address the concerns and needs of the people of our precinct, and I can hardly wait to start serving the DFL and the city of St. Paul!

Kalice Allen, Public Health major: community health worker and public policy concentration ’17

Photo of Kalice Allen, Public health '17, Associate DFL Chair for her precinct.

Photo of Kalice Allen, Public health ’17, Associate DFL Chair for her precinct.

Can you tell me a little bit more about what this position (Associate Chair to our precinct for the DFL) entails?
Honestly, I’m not 100% what this position entails. As of right now I haven’t received any follow-up information. I have actually been more active as a delegate on the resolutions committee. All that I know as of right now is that I am required to be at the state convention that is held on April 3 to assist the precinct chair with receiving nominations for the state positions.

What you’re hoping to accomplish in this position? 

I’m actually hoping to become a State Delegate through this position. I think this entire experience will ultimately help me learn more about community organizing and about public policy, which is something that I am interested in as a career.
Why is participating in the political process important to you?

Participating in the political process is important to me because I want to create long-term change. I feel that upcoming presidential election is very important to my generation and that I wanted to take a very active role in helping to see that not only the candidate that I want gets into the office but also that the issue in which I think are important be addressed.

Maggie Singerhouse, Neuroscience major ‘17

Photo of Maggie Singerhouse, Neuroscience, '17, and her younger sister, Emily Singerhouse, Inver Hills '17 that they took the night they went to the caucus at Highland Park High School.

Photo of Maggie Singerhouse, Neuroscience, ’17, and her younger sister, Emily Singerhouse, Inver Hills ’17 that they took the night they went to the caucus at Highland Park High School.

You were named a delegate for your precinct. Can you tell me a little more about which precinct?

My sister and I live in an apartment in the St. Paul W-3 P-09 which is only about a mile from St. Kate’s, yet in a different precinct.

 

How long will the process take to know if you will be a final delegate at the convention?

My understanding is that on April 3, I will gather with the other city-delegates and determine the final delegate to participate in the Democratic convention which I believe is in Pennsylvania in July. It just depends on how far I move along in the selection process toward being a final delegate.

 

 Why do you think participating in politics is important?

When they were asking for volunteers to participate, the woman next to me told me that I should do it because they need more women and more ‘younger voices’ involved, and I think I kind of agree with her. I think that it’s important that everyone has a voice in the election and going through this process as a potential final delegate will allow me to exercise that.

 

 

It is never too late or too early to get involved in our state and federal political processes. It does not require a vast knowledge in order to participate, so if you truly care about something and have a passion for something, do not be afraid to get engaged with democracy!

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