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When I don’t support the woman candidate…

When I don’t support the political candidate who is a woman, I feel guilty.

I am a student of politics, and nothing makes me happier then getting down and dirty in a campaign or internship.  I am also a staunch feminist;  ironically, I have never worked or even volunteered for a woman candidate/politician.

Mostly this is due to the simple lack of female candidates, but also that the opportunities I have been given all happen to be under male politicians.  And through these opportunities, I have been exposed to the amazing women who work for them, behind the scenes, making the wheels turn.  I know that this is a trend for women in politics, who tend to do more of the background and hands-on work in political campaigns/offices.  But the ones I’ve met often don’t want to be in the spotlight, and love what they do.  However, whenever I meet an amazing woman working for a male politician, I am always a little sad that they aren’t the ones running for office.

Along these lines, I feel really awkward when there is a female candidate whom I don’t support.   This is exactly where I find myself right now.  I was born and raised in Portland, OR, and there is currently a mayoral race going on.  Our current mayor, Sam Adams, has decided not to run for re-election, probably due to his increasing unpopularity and a sex scandal early on in his term.  Now there are three ...

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