49 Voices: Traci George of Eagle River

This week we caught up with Traci George at the Democratic National Convention. George lives in Eagle River and went to Philadelphia as a delegate for Bernie Sanders.

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Traci George of Eagle River at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA (Photo by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media - Philadelphia)
Traci George of Eagle River at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA (Photo by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Philadelphia)

GEORGE: I’m a military spouse. I have been in Alaska since August of last year, so not even a year yet. I’m coming up on my year anniversary.

So it’s not about me reestablishing myself, but it’s just me being who I am in every community that I go in. And then also being that person that will gravitate others to me. I believe in the universe bringing all things to you that you need when you need it. And that’s actually what happens to me everywhere I go.

I got involved because at the top of this year, 2016, my three-year-old son said to my family that he wanted to be President of the United States, so we’re running a presidency campaign in 2048. Nobel George, he’s currently like I said, three. So I am running a campaign to be a president’s mother.

I came here to this convention based upon knowing that this is a future that we really and truly need to believe in. And that we’re here for a true marathon. we’re here for a long haul. And positioning ourselves today that we could be our better selves by the time I’m running my campaign again really hard in 2048.

So I’ve been a part of the Democratic party literally all of my life and before birth. If you were to go to Google my family’s legacy and all that, you’ll see that we’ve been some activists throughout the years. So I am only doing what is expected of me but then also what is actually required. I am old enough to know and realize that the current condition of our country has to change in order for the future that I want to believe in to be possible.

We have had some epic journeys along this way and I’m looking forward to possibly even more. However, I am in love with my current home state of Alaska.

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Liz Ruskin is the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Alaska Public Media. She reports from the U.S. Capitol and from Anchorage. Reach her at lruskin@alaskapublic.org.

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