Sara Dery: Young Dem of the Week!
Each week, IDYD will spotlight an outstanding Idaho Young Dem. Our mission is to highlight the hard work of Young Dems around the state, and share their stories. Want to nominate someone for Young Dem of the Week? Click here.
Our Young Dem of the Week for the week of January 21 is Sara Dery from Victor, Idaho. Sara is 23 years old and recently graduated from Boise State University with a Degree in Health Science Studies and Psychology. She was the Boise State Young Democrats Vice President, a Medicaid For Idaho Volunteer, an Idaho Gubernatorial debate organizer, a March For Our Lives student outreach coordinator, and a Teton County Democrats political intern. Sara’s post midterm political involvement consists of volunteering with the Teton County Democrats. She currently works as a competitive gymnastics coach and ski instructor, and has intentions of continuing her education in the coming years.
IDYD: What made you want to get involved in politics? What was your first political experience like?
Sara: My high school government class was my original inspiration to get involved in politics. I found a deep passion through studying current issues and debating potential solutions with my classmates. However, I always worried about the judgment around getting involved in politics outside of school. The 2016 Presidential Election was a fierce motivator to set aside the prejudice and take my stand. My first political experience was a Democratic Presidential caucus in my home town. Being surrounded by people who genuinely cared about the wellbeing of our country and had aligning views with my own was exhilarating. The experience made me realize how much I cared about who was in office and how future political decisions would potentially affect me.
IDYD: What is one thing you were surprised to learn when you first got involved?
Sara: The most surprising thing I learned when first getting involved in politics was how unwilling people in power are to listen to the viewpoints of the younger generations.
IDYD: Who is your greatest political inspiration? Why?
Sara: Barack Obama is my greatest political inspiration. Not just because the 2008 Presidential Election was the first one I genuinely payed attention too, but because he was the first politician that made me, a young female, feel like my opinions and ideas were justified.
IDYD: What words of wisdom would you share with young people around the state?
Sara: Educate those who don’t understand, listen to differing opinions, understand the greater good for all, and NEVER give up fighting for what is right. The young voices are often trivialized due to the misconception that they lack better understanding, however some of the greatest political movements have been motivated by the young voices. Don’t give up.
IDYD: What issues are you most passionate about?
Sara: The actual list of issues I am passionate about would take multiple pages to cover, so my broad top 5 would be: Climate change, health care, education, gun regulation, and immigration.
IDYD: Politically, what would you like to see happen in Idaho this year?
Sara: In Idaho I would like to see the implementation of the Medicaid Expansion program that passed the ballot measure with a 60% majority vote on November 6th, that is now being taken to the State Court by the Idaho Freedom Foundation claiming Medicaid Expansion is unconstitutional. The expansion of this program would minimize the coverage gap and provide lower-income Idahoans with more access to basic health care needs. A necessity.
IDYD: It’s still early, but do you have anyone you’d like to run for President in 2020?
Sara: As of this moment I would like to see either Kamala Harris or Beto O’Rourke as President of the United States in 2020.
Thank you, Sara, for all your hard work! To nominate somebody for Young Dem of the Week, click here.