Category Archives: Decision 2012

Peter Cooke’s Campaign Team

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but a lot has happened over the last week. I officially started scheduling for Peter Cooke and I absolutely love it! The first day, I felt star-struck to be sitting in a staff meeting with people I recognized from the small Democratic community, including Salt Lake County Council Member Randy Horiuchi, Salt Lake County Chair Mary Bishop, Vince Rampton – son of the late 3-term Democratic Governor of Utah Cal Rampton, and Rob Miller writer of the Utah Amicus. And of course, Mr. and Mrs. Cooke – but what struck me the most was that everyone is so down to earth. I didn’t feel like I had to sit in a chair along the outside of the conference room, like I usually did during my internships. I felt like they actually wanted to hear from me, and wanted to include me in the discussion. The first day was great!

A week later, I’ve already become acquainted with a lot of new people. Well, technically, I already knew who THEY were, but they didn’t know who I am. But it’s seriously been the coolest experience to interact with such smart and accomplished people on a day to day basis, and it’s even COOLER when they I call people and they recognize my last name – “Kat VILLANUEVA!? Oh hey, I know you!”


Also, they were SO nice to give me my own little office to work in. I’ve never had an office before! It feels so cool to hear people say, “Kat’s office is right over there…” And as soon as people come in looking for me, I’m so tempted to turn around and say, “Ah, I’ve been expecting you.”

It’s only the first week, but it’s definitely been such a great experience so far. I love sitting in meetings and listening to everyone’s strategic ideas, I love being a part of the process, and I love working for such a down-to-earth man like Peter Cooke. He really deserves to be elected. I wouldn’t work for him 30 hours a week pro bono if I didn’t believe this was true.

Le Sigh – Fundraising

Oh, what the heck… I may as well.

First of all, I want to express how honored I feel to have been given the opportunity to represent you at the Democratic National Convention to nominate President Obama for a well-deserved re-election this fall. I could hardly believe it when Jim Matheson stumbled on my last name when he announced I had won at the State Convention – all thanks to YOUR support.

This experience has already opened doors for me and I have really enjoyed making so many wonderful new friends throughout the community. It has felt so great to be involved with the political process, and to know that what I am doing is making a meaningful difference.

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Now, I am reaching out to you for one last piece of support – I would greatly appreciate any donation you would be willing to make toward helping me with the costs of attending the convention. Every little bit will help SO much. Your generosity means very much to me, and I am truly grateful for this experience.

I just can’t wait to show the President how much we proud Utah Democrats support him!
Be Well & Regards,
Kat V.
(801) 888-1707

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“And Sometimes Life Just isn’t Easy for Any of Us.”

In an article I found in the New Yorker, Ann Romney is describing her hardships as a stay-at-home mom, and is praising those moms who still go to work even when they have children to take care of. I’m sure she has good intentions when she says, “… Sometimes life just isn’t easy for any of us.” Everybody has problems, and even at 21 years old, I feel like I already know a little bit about taking on challenges – But of course, I think hardship is relative. Everyone has their own perception of what constitutes life obstacles, including Ann Romney:

Now that Ann is using the details of her domestic life for political  purposes, journalists and Obama supporters are sure to focus on parts of that  existence that might reflect less well on her and her husband. For example, she  has said that when Mitt was in college, the two of them were so financially  strapped that they had to liquidate some of their stock portfolio to get by. At  the time Mrs. Romney said that she was engaged in a “struggle” to bring up her  children, the family was living in a seven bedroom, six-and-a-half-bathroom  mock-Colonial mansion in Belmont, Massachusetts, while spending summers at  their five-thousand-square-foot vacation home, which sits on eleven lakefront  acres in New Hampshire.

I love this woman – and think the Democrats should just remain goldenly silent.   People so financially strapped in college that they had to liquidate some of  their stock portfolio to get by say enough without Obama supporters having to  say a thing.

Like I said, hardships and life obstacles are relative, I guess.

On another note, I’m really trying to read news from both sides because I think our views are shaped by our relative perceptions of hardship, failure and success. I’m trying to understand why my friends and other students my age are Republicans – I’ve had conversations with them, and I’m still trying to understand how anyone could support a presidential who would’ve let the financial sector collapse, or who would’ve let Detroit go bankrupt. I’m trying to understand why they believe we needed to stay in the war even after Osama Bin Laden was killed. I’m trying to understand why they are so afraid of being “Socialist,” when these so-called “Socialist” ideals work so beautifully in Europe – socialized medicine is actually less costly and brings about better results, and taxes in Europe are actually a lot higher compared to the U.S. but people don’t mind the redistribution of income. I’m trying to understand why they think it’s imperative to take back federal lands as well as withdraw from the United Nations?… But I just really can’t make that connection. I know it’s an election year, so Obama’s campaign has got me all hypnotized in thinking he’s saving the world, but the hard-right platform really doesn’t appeal to me at all. I wish I could just have all the issues laid out in front of me and explained in a way that makes sense by both sides.

I’ll admit there are times I feel like I should be a Republican because I grew up in Utah where the state is tainted red, but maybe now there’s just no doubt about it – I really am a Democrat. Regardless, we’re all AMERICANS, and we won’t be able to move forward until we can all get together and compromise to reach bipartisan solutions to tough issues. Even though I don’t agree with hardly anything the Right feels is important, I think it’s still important to have a balance between the two parties in government so solutions will be based more on the right way to approach problem rather than what the party believes is the right way.

Wow, this blog evolved from one thing to another. Thanks, Ann Romney for the inspiration. Haha

Coming out of the State Convention :)

Kathleen Villanueva - Official National Delegate for Utah Congressional District 1

I still can’t believe I won the election for the National Delegate spot in representation of my district. I’m so stoked. Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to pay for this trip, but that’s the least of my worries.

It feels so great to have made an accomplishment. I need to make these little achievements from time to time to remind myself that I’m still making progress, even though I’m not exactly where I want to be. I’m so lucky to have this opportunity. I probably won’t ever run for national delegate again so that someone else can have this chance – I’m just so stoked to be able to say I was able to attend the Democratic National Convention as a 21-year old. Now I’m going to aim for becoming a Super Delegate once I’ve become accomplished enough & “stomped ass” on enough Republicans! Haha. And I won’t be afraid to vote for myself next time – So many people reprimanded me for not doing so this time! I don’t know why I felt so uncomfortable doing it. asdf;kljsa

I just wanted to add this little note – the thing that was really sad about the convention is that there were a lot of great candidates and volunteers who worked really hard and invested lots of time and financial resources on their campaigns, but there could only be one nominee. Delegates had tough decisions to make last weekend. I really liked Dean Collinwood in that I thought he was a good candidate with solid values, but I had a feeling that Jay Seegmiller would win the nomination because of his excellent track record and all his great accomplishments as a state legislator. I can’t vote in District 2, but I’m excited to see Jay Seegmiller take on Chris Stewart. (Who the heck is Chris Stewart? o.O) It was really sad to see Pete Ashdown booted out of the race because he’s such a nice man with wonderful perspectives and good intentions. I shook his hand and thanked him for running after the convention. But I am confident that Scott Howell has great potential to beat out whoever the Republican nominee is. This is going to be such an exciting race!

If anyone who supported me during this election is reading this, I want to personally thank you for believing in me more than I even believed in myself. This is such a great opportunity and I owe it to so many great people. Please keep in touch! And make sure to vote for Donna McAleer for UT-CD1 on June 26th in the Primary!

When I heard Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT2) stumble on my last name, my heart jumped and I couldn't believe I had won!

And here are some features in the St. George News covering the convention results, & the Salt Lake Tribune where my tweet was published! Gosh, I’m just really excited to be a part of the political process – such an awesome experience.

I don’t know what these stepping stones will lead to in my next chapter of life, but whatever it is, I look forward to it.

Also, I interview with the Philippine Embassy tomorrow about my ambassador application – Ah, It feels great to have so much to be happy for lately.

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The Davis County Convention

I had the opportunity so meet Donna McAleer this weekend - Awesome democratic candidate for Utah House Congressional District 1. She has my vote!

I’m usually not enthusiastic when I’m asked about my weekend. When people ask me what I do on the weekends, I usually give a boring response about how I watched a documentary or did enjoyed doing a whole lot of nothing. Working 60 hours a week can really take a toll on me, and I enjoy my weekends by doing absolutely nothing.

I did one of the coolest things I’ve ever done this weekend (which really isn’t saying much, since I clearly am a loser). I went to the Davis County Convention as a county delegate. I really enjoyed getting to know the candidates and learning about their reasons for running. We’ve got some tough competitions and I really hope that we can get more Democrats from our state into the U.S. Congress this year. All the candidates are great people with good intentions, and it’s really making my decision on who to vote for really tough.

Apart from meeting the candidates, I met a lot of other like-minded people who were delegates too. It was such a cool thing to meet with people who share the same interest in politics as me. Being surrounded by such smart and accomplished people at the Mayor’s office all the time, sometimes I feel like one of the stupidest people in the world. Even working for Helen makes me feel intimidated to share my thoughts and ideas on projects. So interacting with other people who are just as excited about these things as I am, without the decades of experience or name recognition, was really really cool.

Oh yeah, and I’m a state delegate now. Meaning, that I’m going to vote for myself next weekend at the State Convention. HAHAHA.

I’m really jazzed up for next weekend. Let’s hope I make it to North Carolina! Fingers crossed!