Shelby Scott is chief of staff for the Democrats in the Idaho House of Representatives and is a former deputy campaign manager for the Woodings campaign for Secretary of State. She has worked on many local Democratic political campaigns and with the Treefort Music Fest as well. Scott graduated from Boise State with a political science degree in 2012.
Age: 24 #politcalanimal is a feature of the TBR 5 Midterm Election issue. For an overview, see Miller.
Political affiliations: Democrat
Education: BA, Boise State
Occupation: Chief of Staff, Minority Caucus (Dems)
Vehicle: Nichiki bicycle
Diet restrictions: N/A
TV show: 30 Rock
What moment led you to become politically aware and/or politically active?
It might sound weird, but it started with a robot. I was able to attend this event in Seattle called the Capitol Hill Block Party when I was in high school and Washington BUS volunteers were there registering people to vote. And there it was — the VoteBot! I thought it was the coolest thing that a ROBOT was at a music festival, trying to get young people to register to vote.
That same year, I had the opportunity to see Barack Obama at the Clark County Public Library before the presidential primaries had started. He let students know, that as long as we were 18 by Election Day, we could participate in the Nevada caucuses. I was registered in my government class earlier that fall and I couldn’t wait to attend my local caucus and fully participate in my first ever voting experience. It was crazy. My caucus was split evenly between Obama, Clinton and Edwards and people were giving me cookies and handmade bracelets trying to move me to their side. I’ll never forget it.
Who or what were your influences?
My parents have definitely influenced me the most. They took me to vote with them when I was younger and I even remember telling my 5th grade classmates to vote for Gore in our mock election.
I pull my influences from all of the talented and hard-working people I’ve had the opportunity to meet over the years. I’ve been lucky enough to meet people on the front lines in Colorado, Montana and Indiana; people who are changing the conversation in Ohio, Kansas and Texas, and I could never forget my friends and colleagues who are working ‘round the clock to bring balance back to Idaho. (One of the most exciting things about this group of people — they’re all younger than 35). Those are the people who continue to inspire me.
Why do you still do it?
Because the work’s not done yet.
The views and opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of Boise State University, the Center for Idaho History and Politics, or the School of Public Service.