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Meet the Team: Theodore Landsman

Posted on What's New Theodore Landsman on September 15, 2016
Meet the Team: Theodore Landsman

Growing up in New York City, I was always an idealist when it came to politics -- a trait which grew deeper after attending an Obama presidential campaign rally in 2008 with my parents, and marching with Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Then I made the decision to major in political science and canvassed for several campaigns. The reality of American politics both academically and from on-the-ground outreach transformed me into something more of a political cynic or (more optimistically) realist. Working at FairVote offers me the ideal outlet for my idealist and realist impulse: to call out the current electoral system and political climate as broken, and champion real, proven reform.

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Meet The Team: Stephen Beban

Posted on What's New Stephen Beban on July 14, 2016
Meet The Team: Stephen Beban

The first time I got to vote, it was on New Zealand’s 2011 Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) referendum. It was exciting to be able to have a voice on how our electoral system works in my first democratic experience.

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Meet The Team: Michael Patison

Posted on What's New Michael Patison on July 14, 2016
Meet The Team: Michael Patison

I am a Dallas native and rising 5th year at the University of Texas at Austin, where I’m majoring in International Relations, with a concentration in International Security, and Plan II Honors, an interdisciplinary honors program, with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic.

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Meet The Team: Carlos Vergne

Posted on What's New Carlos Vergne on July 14, 2016
Meet The Team: Carlos Vergne

My name is Carlos and I’m from San Juan, Puerto Rico. At present, I am a rising senior at Haverford College on the Political Science track. I first heard about FairVote through my American Politics class at Haverford as we discussed the topic of electoral reform. I learned that the organization was dedicated to strengthening American democracy by making the electoral process more representative.

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Meet The Team: Isaac Katz

Posted on What's New Isaac Katz on July 13, 2016
Meet The Team: Isaac Katz

I am a law student at Georgetown University Law Center. I have questioned the logic of the U.S. electoral system since my middle school civics class. I watched the frustration and chaos boiling over during the 2000 presidential election – the first election I can remember - and found it hard to accept that any system that elected leaders without a popular majority could truly represent the will of the people.

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Meet the Team: Brittany Stromko

Posted on What's New Brittany Stromko on July 13, 2016
Meet the Team: Brittany Stromko

I am a rising 2L at Georgetown Law, originally from a small town in New Jersey. I graduated from American University in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science and CLEG (Communications, Legal Studies, Economics, and Government). After graduation, I worked for a Member of Congress before joining the Peace Corps in 2013 as an English teacher trainer in rural Costa Rica.

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Meet the Team: Peter Jarka-Sellers

Posted on What's New Peter Jarka-sellers on July 08, 2016
Meet the Team: Peter Jarka-Sellers

This coming fall I will start at Macalester College where I intend to study politics and public policy, moving to St Paul, Minnesota from my hometown of Philadelphia.

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Meet the Team: Ben Fogarty

Posted on What's New Ben Fogarty on July 08, 2016
Meet the Team: Ben Fogarty

I am a rising second year at the University of Chicago majoring in Economics and Public Policy, who is originally from Houston, Texas. At school, I am involved with the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics and am a member of Friends of Washington Park Youth, an organization that pairs primary school students living in Chicago’s South Side with mentors from the University of Chicago. In the classroom, my primary academic interests currently include electoral reform and education policy.

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Meet the Team: Xiaojing Zeng

Posted on What's New Xiaojing Zeng on July 08, 2016
Meet the Team: Xiaojing Zeng

As a child of immigrants, I learned early on the importance and sacredness of the right to vote. Starting from a very young age, I experienced firsthand the struggles my parents, faced in order to be heard in the community. While many citizens avoided polling places on Election Day, my mother and father I would listen silently as they expressed their concerns with the government and their ideas to change it.

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Meet the Team: Samantha Washington

Posted on What's New Samantha Washington on July 08, 2016
Meet the Team: Samantha Washington

Hi! I’m Samantha and this fall I’m going to be a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania where I major in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and minor in Gender Studies. I’m spending my summer here at FairVote working as an intern in the Outreach and Advocacy department.

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