I toured every county in the state, conducted research and focus groups with democratic clubs and committees, and built a platform, website, storytelling, and marketing systems. Gathered volunteers and stakeholder boards. I utilized the whole gamut of my skillset, from humanities to digital to leadership. The final decision was for me to endorse the best opponent for the role when we didn’t hit our fundraising goal. Now I’m focused on taking a volunteer approach to civics and public service in the future.