Sarah O’Neill, Communications Chair
Content strategist and lead writer, Minneapolis digital agency, 2009 - present
Team ULLU, Minnesota climate campaign, spring 2019 - present
Member, WI 7th Congressional District social media advertising team, 2018 - 2019
Advisory board member, St. Croix County Democratic Party, 2018
Coordinated campaign team lead, Democratic Party of Wisconsin, 2018
Member, Legislative, Policy and System Collaboration Committee of the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse, 2014 - 2015
Member, St. Croix Valley Alliance Against Family Violence (St. Croix & Pierce Counties Coordinated Community Response Team), 2013 - 2015
Communications volunteer, Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence, 2012 - 2015
I grew up in Minnesota and came of age during the Paul Wellstone years. A firm believer in Senator Wellstone’s philosophy that, “We all do better when we all do better,” I was terrified by Trump’s election and what that would mean for all of us—but especially for those who face structural inequality and struggle on the margins.
While always politically aware, it took a local race in the spring of 2018 for me to become politically active. And, in rolling up my sleeves and getting to work, I found a way to channel my fear and anger about what was happening in Madison and Washington, D.C. in a positive, meaningful way.
I’ll never forget the Saturday of GOTV. We had 45 people roll through our office to knock doors that day—some coming back from hours of canvassing only to ask for another packet. Some were first-timers. Some had been with us throughout the cycle. All had a story. It was a 16-hour day for me, but Deb Monicken and Sue Kattas’s pulled pork sandwiches and Obama’s Milwaukee speech kept powering me forward. I understood that day how the field officers felt when they sometimes suggested they might just crawl under a desk and sleep at the office rather than trekking home. Yet, I don’t know if I’ve ever been happier.
Now, as an active member of our county party, I’m surrounded by bright, passionate people who are all invested in making our community work for everyone. From the canvassers who showed up every weekend to the executive and advisory board members who so willingly shared their time and insight, this has been a tremendously rewarding opportunity to do good—with great people.
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