From the Campaign to the Capitol
It's the June of summer break but I still have to get up at 7 am, the temperature will be over 100 degrees for half of this week, and I have to hand-carry groceries from Target to my room because I don't have a car here. Yet I wouldn't have it any other way. It's only been a week, and Cal-in-Sacramento has already been a growing experience.
I was fairly confident that he would win the primary when I was campaigning for him the weekend before my official internship start date and the first two days of my internship. While I regretted missing out on moving in with all the other Cal-in-Sac fellows on Sunday, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work on the campaign before officially starting my internship in the State Assembly.
To be clear, the campaign work was not fun. I remembered how exhausting canvassing homes, calling voters, labeling mailers, and entering data was during the 2012 election, and Wieckowski's 2014 campaign was not any less tiring.
With that said, my few days on the campaign gave me the opportunity to interact with Assemblymember Wieckowski and his staff in a way I would never have had the opportunity to if I had started my first day in the Capitol. Driving around precincts while playing music, dropping literature, celebrating Wieckowski's victory, and driving up to Sacramento after the election completely altered my relationship with the Office of Assemblyman Wieckowski. I was able to get to know the office staff on a personal level. I was able to meet Assemblyman Wieckowski's family and gain a better understanding of his background and motivations for his legislative work. I was able to meet his constituents and see his district first hand.
Disha Banik is a UC Berkeley junior majoring in Political Science. She is currently interning in the office of Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski.