If you've been waiting for an episode with a great candidate, a teenage advisory council, and The Blob - the wait is over. Melissa Shusterman, candidate for Pennsylvania State Representative, is the one you've been waiting for.
Well, it's happened. Emily has found her soulmate. Well, politically, that is. Kelsey Waits dreamed of being President as a little girl, is an introvert who is a data nerd, and is running for School Board in Minnesota. Thank goodness for regional accents, or you'd never tell these two apart!
Running for office takes time. Running a campaign for state office, like Superintendent of Public Instruction in Arizona, takes more. Now try doing that while also working full-time. Kathy Hoffman's plan: lots of coffee and pure determination.
Kristen Browde is a lawyer, a former reporter, and is now running for Town Supervisor in New Castle, NY. Emily chats with her about how she got to where she is, and what it's like running in Upstate New York (apparently it's not all apple-picking and farmers markets).
Heather Ward is running for T/E School Board in Pennsylvania. Heather Ward is endorsed by Run For Something. Heather Ward has a smart platform, knows what she wants, and isn't afraid to work hard for it. And Heather Ward is twenty-freaking-two.
Here are two pictures of Luna:
One day, Emily will stop fawning all over the guests. Today is not that day. Jinyoung Lee Englund is running in a special election for Washington State Senate, is incredibly determined, and believes in the power of bipartisanship. Come on, what's not to love?
Lesson of the day: Words Matter. And Lorie Burch, running for Representative in TX-3, knows how to use them. She's prepared, determined, and ready to represent Texans. Now she just needs us to show up for her! (Plus, Emily's eclipse 2017 story)