Name: Chris Armstrong
Campaign role: Field Organizer
Hometown: Ridgefield, CT
Organizing in: Ann Arbor, MI
Q1. What do you do for the campaign?
I am the Field Organizer for Washtenaw and Livingston counties in Michigan. My main purpose is to build teams to turn out the voters we need on Election Day to win Michigan. I'm lucky enough to be able organize supporters in Ann Arbor and the students at the University of Michigan—Go Blue!
It’s incredible to watch supporters take leadership roles for this campaign. Their commitment reminds me how important this election is. There are volunteers working from 9-5 and then coming in to make calls or knock on doors for 3 or 4 hours. It’s my job to make sure that our supporters have the resources they need to run this campaign themselves. In my role, I get to see that this truly is a grassroots organization.
Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
After graduating from U of M, I moved to Chicago wanting to help out however I could and began interning with the political team in HQ. I got an amazing look into the intricacies of our campaign through that experience, and that's when I got the opportunity to organize my second home here in Michigan.
Q3. What’s your favorite part of your role?
Getting the chance to hear the stories of each of our volunteers. Our President is impacting the lives of the American people every single day, and getting to hear why our supporters are fired up for this election is incredibly inspiring. It is a true privilege to represent a president that Democrats and LGBT Americans are so proud of.
Q4. What’s the most unexpected part of your role?
As a field organizer, you should expect something unexpected to happen every day. Each day brings challenges and hiccups that you didn't foresee, which is exactly what makes this job exciting and dynamic. You can never predict what will happen next, so you learn quickly to roll with the punches while maintaining focus on our goal of winning Michigan.
Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
While I was at the University of Michigan, I was elected as the first openly gay student body president at the university. It was a real honor to serve the students in that capacity, and is an even greater honor to organize them to vote in this critical election.
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