By Will Schubert ’15
With state elections on the horizon, some students are campaigning to help their political parties.
Students, mainly upperclassmen, are doing many things to help such as going door to door throughout the city in order to get people to vote and educating people about issues in the upcoming election.
Matt Uvas ’15 started campaigning this September and with the help of other Brophy students he is working to help Fred Duval in the governors race, as well as other statewide candidates like Felicia Rotellini, David Garcia and Terry Goddard in the upcoming General Election Nov 4.
“This is my first year of campaigning but I have been politically involved since the 2012 presidential election,” Uvas said. “I saw that a lot of people were involved in the Presidential elections but not so much in the local state elections, which are more important in my opinion.”
Within the past few weeks Uvas, along with his fellow campaigners, started going door to door in neighborhoods with low voter turn out and notifying them of the upcoming election.
When they go door to door they ask people basic questions such as who they are voting for and what political party they are associated with.
They also provide information about the various Democratic candidates.
Brian Thorpe ’15 also spends time volunteering for the Democratic party.
Thorpe is currently working with the Democratic coordinating campaign to help Fred Duval and the other statewide candidates.
Thorpe uses “PEVL” to help expedite the voting process.
PEVL, which stands for Permanent Early Voting List, makes the process of submitting a ballot easier.
With PEVL voters are mailed their ballot and can give the campaigners their ballot to take with them and submit.
Thorpe said he tries to go campaigning at least once a week.
“These past few weeks the campaign has gotten pretty busy as it is coming to a close and I have been getting a lot more involved,” Thorpe said.
While some students volunteer time for their party, at least one student has a much closer connection to a candidate.
Senior Jack Ducey’s father, Doug Ducey, is the Republican nominee for the 2014 Arizona gubernatorial election.
Ducey said he helps out by doing many things such as working at his dad’s office, going to fundraisers, traveling around the state, spreading his dad’s message and getting Brophy students involved in the campaign.
“The campaign is a big part of my life right now and I am always trying to participate whether it’s in school, my free time or on the weekends,” Ducey said.
Some Brophy students are helping out with Doug Duceys campaign by putting up campaign signs and spreading his message.
Streator Bates ’15 and Nick Christifulli ’15 recently traveled with Ducey to Apache Junction to drop off campaign signs.
The 2014 General Election will be on Nov. 4.