Since my dad was actively involved in politics when I was young and even ran for office twice, I was smack dab in the middle. Some of my best memories involved attending political open houses with my parents, meeting prominent politicians, and going to the party’s headquarters. When I was 10, my sister and I campaigned for our dad every weekend for six months, going door-to-door or walking in parades handing out fliers. Though it was hard work, it certainly made a big impression on me!
While I have not been as involved in politics as I was when I was young, I have always found the political process exhilarating. I was especially excited to learn of Yeah Samake (pronounced ‘Yay Suh ma key’), 42, a Mormon and BYU alumnus, who is currently a top presidential candidate in the African nation of Mali.