I’m back!

Howdy y’all, I’m back in Texas! After a long, tough fight we ended up losing the federal election, but we held onto plenty of good members of parliament that would have been lost without such a strong campaign. Considering the impossible odds we were up against, I’d say our efforts were a success!

I had a great time and met some wonderful people in Australia (some of whom now follow this blog!), but it is very, very good to be home. I’ve spent the last little while getting my life in Austin back on track and reconnecting with my beautiful beagle Daisy. To wrap up the campaign, I’m also helping put together a legacy report that will analyze everything we did, explain what worked well, and identify areas to improve on next time. 

I haven’t had much time yet for anything else yet, but I’m overjoyed to be home and am excited to get back to the business of fighting for a fairer, better Texas! 

I’m Alive!

Hi everyone. Just wanted to write a quick post to let you all know I’m alive and well, just really, really, really busy. In case you haven’t been following Australian politics, we’ve recently changed Prime Ministers, which means we’ve had to re-build the campaign almost from the ground up. It also means we don’t know when the election will actually be, since the PM gets to decide election dates and the new one, Kevin Rudd, hasn’t decided yet. We’re campaigning 13+ hours a day– organizing events, writing and testing scripts, training our teams on persuasion and neighborhood team models and layered voter contact, and, most of all, talking to voters–but we don’t know if the election will be in four weeks or four months.

I was invited to stay on longer to continue working on this whirlwind of a campaign, which is why I’m obviously not home yet. I’m doing my best to keep up with Texas politics from afar, and I think a lot of the people I work with are starting to love Wendy Davis almost as much as I do (or getting tired of hearing me talk about her). I’ll be back-mid August with plenty of stories to tell and a lot more listening to do. I’ve been in Australia for almost 3 months, and I’ve never been prouder call Texas home.