I can still remember the first time I voted. I have lived in Chelsea, Massachusetts my entire life and from the moment when I could finally understand what Tim Russert was saying on Meet the Press, I eagerly awaited the day when I would become a part of the democratic process. That day came Freshman year of college. I had narrowly missed out on the heated 2008 Presidential race and I was not about to let the most important Senate race in the country slip from my grasp.
It was snowing out, the air was icy-cold, and I had an hour commute ahead of me, but I didn't let that stop me. Right after class I headed to the local firestation to cast my ballot for Scott Brown. It was the first time I ever voted.
Since that day, I have never regretted my decision. I have always been proud to be from Massachusetts, yet that election was the first time in ages when I was genuinely excited and optimistic about a leader representing my home state. This isn't simply because I have been a lifelong Republican, it is because Scott Brown consistently considers legislation with his constituents in mind.
At a time when party polarization is at its height in the United States, it is comforting to know that there are officials who are not defined by their party's interests. Scott Brown is a leading independent voice who has reached across the aisle countless times, collaborating with both Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation that can finally get this country back on track.
Now, I'm an intern on Senator Brown's campaign and I can honestly say that working here has been a privilege and a completely rewarding experience. I encourage everyone to get involved in some small way whether it is by joining a coalition, volunteering, or just posting your own stories/concerns here. It is great to give back to a senator who has done more than I could have ever asked for in just two short years. Just imagine what can be done in six more.
I voted for Scott Brown once, and I will most definitely be voting for him again.