My name is Samantha (Sammi) Smoot and I’m running to be a Delegate for CD-03 committed to Elizabeth Warren. I’m a PhD student in biological sciences at Auburn University (War Eagle) and I’ve lived in Auburn for the last six years. I’ve lived in many places – I grew up in Northern Virginia, went to college in South Carolina, and actually met my husband in Alaska – but I’ve really enjoyed living in the little college town of Auburn, and I’m really excited for the opportunity to represent District 3 and the state of Alabama at the Democratic National Convention!
As an academic, I felt an immediate kinship with Elizabeth and her passion for teaching and talking with people. After watching Elizabeth in the early debates last summer, I knew I had my candidate and wanted to do everything I could to help her get elected – getting signatures, knocking doors, making calls, and I even took a leave of absence from my PhD to work on her campaign full time.
I believe in HER and her policies especially her mission:
- Fight for the middle class
- End student debt
- Better public school education
- Universal childcare.
I’m a millennial with over $100,000 in student debt from my graduate education. My husband and I are planning to start a family soon, but it’s sad to think about “how out of reach” things are for my generation. I know I won’t be able to afford or provide the suburban home in a great school system like I had growing up. I believe in Elizabeth and the difference she will make in my future children’s lives and make the world a better place.
As a woman, Elizabeth’s ‘electability’ as President has been continually called into question. I think every woman has come across this gender bias at some point in their life. In academia, I’ve been told I was “too pink, too girly, too smiley, and will never make it as a scientist. But not to worry because the problem was my personality and I can change it.” I firmly believe the phrase ‘like a girl’ is a compliment and we should show young girls they can do anything they put their mind to. When Elizabeth was asked what happens if she doesn’t win the Presidency after promising thousands of little girls that they can be President, Elizabeth replied: “Look, we have to show that we’re willing to take the risk, because if we’re not, then women will never win.”
Yes, I’m a ‘girly’ and love the color pink, but I’ve also spent a year working on crab boats in the Alaskan Bering Sea – is that ‘girly?’ Girls need to see women in leadership roles, like running for President. Maybe someday it will be considered ‘normal’ for a female to run the country. I’m running as a delegate for Elizabeth Warren this year in the 3rd Congressional District. I believe she can unite the Democratic party and be our first MADAM President!