Hannah Groetsch

APEX Fellowship | Hannah Groetsch

October 26, 2020   /  

Major: Political Science
Class Year: 2022
Faculty Mentor: Tim Freeze

As a campaign intern for People for Tarra Simmons in Washington’s 23rd Legislative District, I conducted direct voter contact, worked and strategized with the campaign team, and organized volunteers.

Hannah Groetsch will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 11:30am – 12:30pm.

8 thoughts on “APEX Fellowship | Hannah Groetsch”

  1. So Hannah, you have to tell us what the result was of the election? I was wondering if you are also considering taking Prof. Nurse’s course which has Wooster students taking a course with incarcerated youth? Congratulations on making the most of your summer and improving your communication skills.

    1. Tarra ended up winning her race! She won about 65% of the vote, which wasn’t really a surprise to us since we’re a reliably blue district, but it was still exciting. And that class sounds really interesting! I’ll have to go check it out.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Hannah,
    This is a wonderful explanation of the work of local politics, political communication, and the internship experience that you had. Your presentation makes clear just how much you got out of the experience, even given the unique and difficult circumstances. From what I have gathered, your efforts paid off this week. It must be gratifying to see the result!

    I love that you came out of the experience being even more attracted to political research and analysis. Do you see yourself doing that type of work in the future?

    1. Hi Dr. Krain, thanks for your comment! Tarra did win on Tuesday and it was definitely gratifying to know that all of the team’s hard work was worth it and that formerly incarcerated people across the country can now see themselves represented in government.

      I do see myself doing research or analysis work in the future. I really enjoyed the bit of opposition research I got to do and so I could see myself doing that or similar consulting work. I also loved getting to research all the various state policies and current bills in the Washington Legislature for the endorsement questionnaires and so I could also see going down the policy analysis route.

  3. Thank you for your presentation. I’m glad to see your candidate won. Did working on this campaign give you a taste for running for office?

    1. Hi Jenni, thanks for you comment! I had considered running for office before this internship, but seeing how the whole process works makes it feel more attainable and it gave me a good sense of both the good and the bad aspects of campaigning that I would have to deal with if I ever decided to run.

  4. Hi Hannah!

    Wonderful presentation of the great work that you did for the campaign! I was especially delighted by the pictures. Turns out I never really had quite the right phone-banking scene in my mind’s eye, and it was great to see the yard-sign cameo (what would Jeff say?).

    I’m so glad to learn that Tarra Simmons won! Congrats! Can you envision doing more for her office as she transitions to life as a state representative?

    It was a privilege to accompany you virtually throughout the internship!

    Tim Freeze

    1. Hi Dr. Freeze, thanks for you comment. Jeff would definitely be slightly horrified by the yard sign, but even if it’s not the most effective method of reaching voters I’m glad I have it as a piece of campaign memorabilia.

      I don’t entirely know what the transition process looks like for her yet, but the rest of the team and I will definitely be around if there’s anything she could use our help with. I’m sure I’ll also be doing some more phone banking come 2022!

      Thanks so much for your guidance this summer!

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