By Kinsey Johnson
Jacob McGuire arrived as a freshman at UW-Eau Claire in 2015 with one goal: Become Eau Claire’s College Dems president.
In December of 2017, McGuire voluntarily stepped away from the position he once longed for, hoping to explore new ways to be involved with the Democratic Party. “For a year and a half, I was lucky enough to serve as president of the organization,” McGuire said, “Recently, I was termed out from that position, but I have remained active within the College Dems. I’m planning on staying involved in the party in any way that I can.”
As his first semester since resigning, McGuire has remained involved with the Democratic Party through Emily Berge’s first campaign for Eau Claire City Council District One. He will be working with her until April third, and plans to help with a state assembly race directly following.
Jacob McGuire was happy to work for Emily Berge, as he agrees with many of her political values. “I became a Democrat because the Republican Party has a history of defunding and deteriorating the public education system,” Said McGuire. “Growing up in a family with three generations of educators, I was up close and personal with the effects of this part of the Republican agenda.” © Kinsey Johnson 2018
Jacob McGuire is a declared double major in political science and communication, hoping to be involved with the next presidential campaign in 2020. © Kinsey Johnson 2018
Jacob McGuire was passionate about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, leading Eau Claire’s College Dems in weekly canvassing that fall. © Kinsey Johnson 2018
The opportunity to work on Emily Berge’s campaign was discovered by Mcguire through an intern for a current member of the city council. “This is Emily’s first campaign, and her and her team were looking for someone with some campaign experience to help them out,” Said McGuire. “We met to discuss her goals and ideas, and I knew right then that I needed to work on her campaign.” © Kinsey Johnson 2018
Jacob Mcguire greeted Emily Berge’s guests at the entrance to Ramone’s with a clipboard asking for signatures and donations for Berge’s first campaign in Eau Claire. © Kinsey Johnson 2018
Emily Berge held a fundraiser for her campaign at Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor from 6-8 PM on Sunday, February 12th. Kayla and Blayne Midthun, owners of Ramone’s, provided free ice cream for guests of Emily’s campaign. © Kinsey Johnson 2018
Jacob McGuire has been involved in local politics for three years, identifying with the Democratic Party’s values for several years before arriving at UW-Eau Claire. © Kinsey Johnson 2018
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