Rachel James

Bringing back the word ‘groovy’


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.


Margaret Mead

This quote is emblematic of everything I believe in and am passionate about. Public service had been my main point of interest since I can remember and I truly believe it is my calling. My adolescence was filled with me watching CSPAN and thinking that was something cool people did. As I’ve gotten older, this passion has only become stronger and I’ve realized that, indeed, the coolest people are those who want to serve their community.

Born in Plantation, Florida. I moved to the great state of Texas, where I adopted the use of y’all and finally channeled my inner love of country music.

That being said, my dream has never been to be a cowgirl and so I elected to attend Drake University in Iowa where I studied political science and multimedia journalism. There, I was lucky enough to have some amazing opportunities. I served as Editor-in-Chief for the campus paper, The Times-Delphic, and also helped out with Drake Broadcasting System. I served as Vice President of Delta Theta Phi, interned for Cindy Axne for Congress, and got to be part of Cory Booker’s 2020 Presidental campaign where I had the privilege of learning about campaigns up close.

In my free time, I have a personal mission to bring back the word ‘groovy’ and watch too many television shows to count. My favorites are The Newsroom and The West Wing, both written by Aaron Sorkin. I also enjoy reading and convincing myself to like the outdoors (this includes my goal to run a 5k!).

Potential 2036 campaign photo

When people ask me what my dream is I don’t hesitate when I say to change the world. You see, I am a big believer in the power of hard work and determination. This world is so polarized and it only takes a few people to reshape the way we regard politics. I want to practice nuance and bipartisanship. More importantly, I want to practice humanity. That’s why I was drawn to political science and journalism initially and what I want to do within the law. The ability to communicate people’s stories is so important in good governance. You can know all the policies in the world (and if you want to, I’m always available to talk policy) but if you cannot sit down at the end of the day and understand the plight of your fellow man then you’re missing something. To me, a good leader is someone who is willing to sit down and say let’s talk. And then, more importantly, listen.

As for the future, I am currently attending law school. After I graduate, I would like to explore various fields to find where I can best serve My larger plan is just to go out and do good. As I quoted with the lovely Margaret Mead, a few thoughtful citizens are all it takes to change this world and I fully intend on being one of them.

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