A Note From Data Director Collin Murray
Today marks 3 years to the day since I started at the Minnesota DFL. Everyone’s path into politics is unique, and often even accidental, but thinking back on mine is a bit surreal.
Five and a half years ago I was sitting in a Cancer Research lab doing the work I’d dreamt about since I was a kid. I was weeks away from publishing my first real academic research paper, and yet I was too depressed to realize how much I was truly struggling. Being ahead on credits and not (yet) worried about graduating on time, I made the decision to take a semester of Political Science classes, a topic I’d always been very passionate about, as a break from a situation that wasn’t working for me.
That small decision, motivated entirely by my fear of not returning to school after a semester off, led to me connecting with the Angie Craig campaign and starting an internship that would quickly lead to a job as an organizer for the rest of the campaign and jumpstart my career. There I met some of my closest friends who I would continue learning from and working with on campaigns together until July of 2018 when the opportunity to apply for the Minnesota DFL Deputy Voterfile Manager position presented itself. Deciding between an opportunity you may never see again and working with your closest friends on the campaign that had brought us together was an impossible choice to make on my own. Thankfully, friends as great as mine care enough to support what’s best for you even when it doesn’t make their lives any easier.
A week later I started working under one of the best bosses and most impressive people I’ve had the opportunity to learn from in my life. From her I learned, probably too much, about how the world of political data works, and what it would take to be successful in this career. Not even 6 months later she helped convince our State Party Chair, Ken Martin, to take a gamble on my potential and choose me to take over the department she had built over the previous 8 years.
I’ve learned more working with the amazing team here than at any other point in my life. Recently however, I found myself having to make the same choice that brought me to this incredible organization: Can I forgive myself for passing on an opportunity I may never see again, even if it means leaving a team I love working with, and owe so much? Unfortunately, even knowing how well it worked out last time did not help nearly as much as I’d hoped.
I’ll never stop being thankful for everyone who has helped, supported, and advocated for me so far in my short career, and leaving a team with so many of those people will never be an easy decision, but I can’t overstate how excited I am to join the DNC Data Team and continue learning and growing among an equally amazing group of people.
Special thanks to all of you, who are ultimately the campaigns and activists that allow our state to continue being leaders State Party Data. Without the work you do, we wouldn't have any data to work with in the first place.
P.S. Be extra nice to Amanda while we search for the next member of our team