Rico Coleman was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska as an Airborne Infantrymen in the U.S. Army for six years. One month after completing his service, he volunteered in the reelection of U.S. Rep. Lois Capps.
How did you start your involvement with the Democratic Party?
I started my involvement with the Democratic Party after stopping by Lois Capps’ congressional campaign office. I had always seen offices like this but had never asked about them. After learning about Rep. Capps, I decided to join the campaign efforts. I got more involved than I thought I would. It was a very close race, but we all worked very hard and ended up winning.
What other activities have you taken part in post election?
I currently perform web administration services for the Native American Caucus. I also am forming a new local College Dems chapter at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
What drives you to work so many hours for the Democratic Party?
The Democratic Party recognizes real issues that affect people and comes up with real solutions. Concerns such as marriage equality and environmental impact are just a couple of the key Democratic actions that make the party relevant in people’s daily lives.
What would you like to say to Dems who may not be as active?
I understand that not everyone can volunteer because some people have to work two jobs to make ends meet and have families to care for. But everyone can do something. People can vote, urge others to vote, send digital petitions, emails, or write opinion pieces for their local newspapers. Even something as simple as having a conversation with a family member or neighbor, could be a way people can help.
Do you have any final thoughts you would like to share?
Give to the California Democratic Party every month. There is a lot of work that goes into winning an election and it’s not easy. At the end of the day it’s the best way to make a real difference and keep California strong. The party has the infrastructure and know-how to effectively use your money to get Democrats elected.