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October 2014 Featured PC: Michael Martinez

Many people would say that I have always been interested in politics.  Thinking back, I would probably have to agree but I don’t think that I fully understood the impact it had on my life until my mid-20’s.  Until then, I was apathetic.  I knew things needed to change.  I knew there was definite inequality in our society.  Heck, I had experienced it myself numerous times while growing up.  However,  I never thought that I had the capability of influencing that change.

In 2008, my attitude on the situation was radically adjusted.  When Barack Obama was elected, I knew that change was possible and I could be apart of it.  After he took office, I made what I consider to be the best decision of my life and, at the age of 25, I chose to go back to school and earn a degree in Political Science. 

While I was at ASU, and after redistricting had formed the new D26, I applied and was accepted into the Arizona Legislative Internship Program where I worked with Democratic staff in our State Senate.  It was there that Senator Anna Tovar gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever received.  She told me if I wanted to make a change, I should start by becoming a PC.  That night I looked up when and where D26’s meetings where, and I showed up at the next one.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Five years have passed since I made the decision to go back to school, and it’s been more than a year and a half since my path led me to D26.  It’ has been an incredible learning experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world and every day I remember why I decided to get involved.  Ultimately, the election of President Obama convinced me that future generations did not have to face the same struggles I did.  Equality, both social and economic, could be accomplished if enough of us decided to fight for it and I’ll continue to just that until our goal is realized. 

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