Meet the Millennials Working to Elect the Next President

By Serena Elavia Presidential FOXBusiness

Millennials working to elect next president

FBN's Charlie Gasparino, Charlie Brady and Liz MacDonald and Leeb Capital Management CEO Stephen Leeb on candidates hiring millennials to help get them elected.

Millennials will surpass Baby Boomers as the largest living generation with a population of 75.3 million in 2015, according to Pew Research. And they will also play an important role in determining who wins the 2016 presidential election.

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President Obama won the youth vote in both 2008 and 2012, a wake-up call to Republicans that the Millennial vote can no longer be ignored in future elections. But Millennials are frustrated ahead of the 2016 election after living under double digit unemployment, and high student loan burdens. Polls and research have shown that this anger may push them toward the right in the next election. But that same research also indicates the GOP's advantage is slim and candidates of both parties will have to fight for the youth vote. 

So, for candidates looking to speak to Millennial voters, what better way to do so then hire Millennials to work on their campaigns? spoke with Millennials who are working on six of the presidential campaigns to find out what strategies they are using to help their candidate win the nomination and ultimately become the next President of the United States.

All campaigns were contacted for this story. 

Source: Carson Campaign

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Julia Robbins, 22, Staff Assistant, Louisiana State University

Campaign: Dr. Ben Carson (R)

What is a typical day for you?

"My typical day varies. Sometimes, it involves responding to supporter emails about various concerns. Other times, I work on presentations and research projects for other staff members. Lately, I've been working on our Students for Carson project. Our goal is to get students interested in the political process by engaging them to volunteer for the campaign or to participate in our debate watching parties. 


Source: Huckabee Campaign

Jordan Powell, 28, Deputy Campaign Manager, Baylor University

Campaign: Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R)

Why choose a career in politics?

"Initially, I was drawn to politics because of deeply held beliefs I had on certain issues. While those beliefs have remained steadfast, along the way I have become drawn to the challenge of a political campaign and the process of actually getting somebody elected to office. Running a political campaign is the ultimate chess match, the ultimate start-up, etc. It stretches you in every way imaginable. When you combine the challenges of a campaign with deeply held beliefs on important issues, it becomes easy to see why I really enjoy what I do."

Source: Holland Williams Photography

Shannon Dirmann, 28, Press Secretary, Louisiana State University, Southern University Law Center (Juris Doctor)

Campaign: Governor Bobby Jindal (R)

What's been your most challenging moment on the campaign?

"Probably learning to have work-life balance. I got married earlier this year, so learning to set the phone and computer down has been important. I think learning to take some moments away from your work helps make you more productive and efficient overall. We also created a way to encourage staff to take time to work out — we call it “Witness the Fitness.” If you fit in a work out that day, you write your name on our big calendar at Jindal HQ. Public accountability has definitely motivated us!"

Source: Pataki Campaign

Matt Varvaro, 24, Research Director, Johns Hopkins University 

Campaign: Former Governor George Pataki (R)

What does the 2016 election mean for Millennials and why should they care?

"The outcome of the 2016 election will mean a lot to Millennials. The next president's economic policies will help determine how strongly our economy grows, and the job market for young workers. The next president's foreign and national security policies will affect how safe we are from growing threats around the world. Perhaps most importantly to Millennials, the next president's priorities on fiscal policy and entitlements will help determine whether or not our country is on sound fiscal footing, not just for the next few years, but for the next several generations."

Source: Cruz Campaign

Alessandra Gennarelli, 19, Millennials Chair, University of Texas 

Campaign: Sen. Ted Cruz (R)

How often do you interact with the candidate?

"Ted and Heidi are thrilled with the response our Millennial Coalition has had, and they both love to hear updates on how the youth campaign is doing. I have had meetings with Heidi on coalition outreach, and her involvement, as she is eager to speak to students and young adults. It is always a treat to see Senator Cruz when he is in the Houston Headquarters, and has been gracious in his enthusiasm and interest in the work we are doing for the Millennial Coalition."

Source: Lessig Campaign

Szelena Gray, 30, Senior Advisor, University of Florida, Harvard University (Master of Theological Studies) 

Campaign: Larry Lessig (D)

What's been your most challenging moment on the campaign?

"I don't sweat the small stuff. Our biggest challenge is in front of us, at the question of the debates, and that's where our team is focused." 

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