Andy Van Wye
Democrat for Delegate District 15
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Hello everyone and thank you for taking an interest in my campaign for the House of Delegates in the 15th District. I’m a proud third generation Marylander, and though I spent short stints in Wisconsin and D.C., Maryland’s always been my home.
I attended Montgomery County Public Schools: Stone Mill Elementary, Cabin John Middle, and Thomas S. Wootton High, where I received an invaluable education from a perennial top 100 school in the country and met some wonderful people to boot. While in high school, I was an active member of the community participating in various community service and philanthropic projects, performing in the Mr. Wootton pageant, and starting at center for Wootton’s last playoff football team.
Mr. Winter and Mrs. Cresham taught my Advanced Placement National, State, and Local Government class during my sophomore year of high school and it proved to be one of my favorite subjects. Flash forward a bit and I was able to use my world-class public education to attend my top choice of college, the University of Wisconsin. When it was time for me to pick a preliminary major, I decided to reflect upon my favorite high school subjects, and decided to double major in Political Science and History. My interests never wavered and I ultimately graduated with a degree in both majors in just three and a half years.
But majoring in Political Science wasn’t enough for me, I needed some hands on experience on the topics I was learning about every day. During my college years and immediately following graduation, I worked upwards of ten political internships.
These experiences allowed me to work for some of Maryland’s great elected officials including: Senator Chris Van Hollen (including a stint with the Budget Committee), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Governor Martin O’Malley, and Representative Anthony Brown, as well as for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
Working for those incredible individuals and my desire to serve the public, and especially to serve the district I’ve lived in for my entire life, are what have led me to decide to run for the House of Delegates.
Since graduating from college, I have worked as a campaign consultant and a Senate reporter. As a consultant, I helped edit the direct mail program for the Maryland State Education Association, and helped create the program for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union as well as for the AFL-CIO affiliated Alliance for Retired Americans. As a reporter, I’ve watched firsthand as Senate Democrats lead the fight to protect health care for millions, preserve the environment, and ensure that our nation’s children receive a quality education.