Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Meet Christian Celeste Tate

I have always been interested in government and politics. Growing up in Washington, D.C., I watched my father fight for D.C. statehood and listened to stories of my grandfather running for the U.S. Senate. I volunteered for my first political campaign at the age of thirteen, and have remained politically involved ever since. It wasn’t long, however, before I realized that the system in which our government operates is imperfect and that many of those imperfections discourage civic engagement. This realization is what brought me to FairVote. I want to take ownership of our political system and empower those around me to do the same. This internship is a step towards that goal.
From my internship at FairVote, I hope to gain several things. First and foremost, I hope to grow as an activist and an organizer. I hope to do this by developing my ability to communicate complex ideas, build coalitions, and inspire others to action. Second, I hope to better understand how to connect the dots between objective analysis, successful advocacy, and impactful reform. Complex reforms -- such as the ones taken on by FairVote -- require immense research, communications, and advocacy efforts. I hope to become versed in coordinating such efforts.

Electoral reform is important to me because of its vast implications. I am passionate about many areas of policy, ranging from education to infrastructure to civic engagement and beyond. I believe that in order to adequately and responsibly address those areas, communities (local, state and national) must do so with legislative bodies that are truly representative.

"Electoral reform is important to me because of its vast implications."
I am excited about this internship because the work I am doing is both substantive and lasting. The reforms championed by FairVote have remarkable implications for our elected bodies, and this is a unique opportunity to help bring about reforms that equalize our political representation and galvanize the electorate to engage in our political process.

Christian Celeste Tate is a rising senior at Bowdoin College and working as a 2015 Outreach Intern at FairVote, researching the implementation of ranked choice voting. Do you want to apply for a FairVote internship? Find more information here:

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