Campaign Blog: From the Trail

DanandHeatherAt the start of the summer, I came to Washington D.C. as a 21 year-old fellow looking to gain two months of experience in our nation's capital.  What I found was an inspirational individual and the opportunity of a lifetime. I started with the Mizeur Campaign as a fellow in June. In the middle of July I accepted a full time position, joining Heather on the campaign trail as her traveling chief of staff, or “body guy” as people call it (Remember Charlie from the West Wing? That’s me!).

Over the next year, I have the honor of traveling with Heather to events all over Maryland and working closely with an incredible team to elect her as the next governor of the Free State.

In the short time I’ve been working with her, I’ve already seen so much of the state and met so many generous people. We’ve attended countless community service projects, meet and greets, picnics, crab feasts, fundraisers, media appearances, and conferences. I’m lucky to have the unique opportunity to get to know Heather on a more personal level as we spend time on the campaign trail. Heather is different than other politicians who say one thing and turn around and do another. She’s a real public servant, someone who you can actually believe in. She cares about the issues in every community, and she wants to work to make all of Maryland’s communities and neighborhoods the best.

I was quickly drawn to her community service initiatives across the state. From reading to children at the Goodnow Community Center in Baltimore City to cleaning up marshland at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore, Heather makes it evident that these service initiatives are extremely important to her. I share these same values, and working for a candidate who makes these values a priority is something I connect with very deeply.

Being a 21 year-old college student from Wisconsin, I never could have imagined my summer internship turning into the opportunity of a lifetime. Heather is a passionate and dedicated public servant with a tireless work ethic. I just hope I can keep up with her as we crisscross the state over the coming year!

This blog post was written by Dan Badalamente, Heather's traveling chief of staff.