Jameson O’Connor, sophomore political science and international relations major, was recently hired as a field representative for Kansas Senator Jerry Moran. Senator Moran is running for reelection.
“As a field representative, I will be responsible for the canvassing, campaign event coverage and GOTV strategy implementation of an assigned section of counties in Kansas. I will be responsible for completing and regularly updating County Intelligence Reports, communicating with my county chairs, building working relationships with some local elected officials, finding and organizing staff or volunteer representation at all parades, pertinent events or political gatherings,” said O’Connor.
O’Connor began the application process in March after he was encouraged to apply by Michael O’Donnell II, a Kansas state senator from Wichita, Kan. O’Connor submitted a basic application which included information about his education, past political experience and reference information. After submitting the application, O’Connor was interviewed via phone call by the Deputy Campaign Manager. A week later he was selected for the position.
O’Connor states that he is looking forward to expanding his knowledge about the day-to-day operations of a state-wide political campaign. He is also excited to have a more modern and technological approach to campaigning.
“I’ll get to use new software that will allow me to record my interactions with voters and upload the information that I gather to a database available immediately not only to the rest of the staff, but also to other campaigns that our campaign decides to share information with,” said O’Connor.
O’Connor will have the opportunity to expand his network while getting back into the American political system.
“I will have the opportunity to meet many of those who run Kansas, as well as to meet other politically-active young Republicans. But what I’m most excited about is getting back into the nitty-gritty of the American political process. It isn’t always pretty and isn’t for the faint of heart, but I got hooked years ago and it’s been far too long since I’ve been seriously involved in the process,” said O’Connor.