Kellan Duffy is a second-year student at Anderson University who is actively engaged in the local community and beyond to create long-term social change and address political polarization. He has volunteered on many political campaigns, including for Governor, U.S. House, Indiana General Assembly—even the U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia—for which he has knocked on hundreds of doors and made hundreds of phone calls. Kellan clearly has a knack for grassroots organization. He also founded a debate club at his high school so he and his classmates could engage in civil discourse around issues like gun control and teen tobacco use. After graduation, Kellan plans to pursue a career in local politics, addressing issues facing many communities in the Rust Belt: declining population, rising unemployment, a drug epidemic, increasing crime, and abandoned city blocks.
When I was in the 5th grade, I became fascinated with the 2012 Presidential Election. Since then, my passion for politics has only grown. As I got older, I began to see the problems that faced my community and realized I needed to do whatever I could to make measurable change in my community. From the moment I got my driver's license, I was going door-to-door on behalf of candidates that shared my values and beliefs. I've realized the importance of a strong grassroots movement, and how powerful a team can be. On campus, I have worked tirelessly to expand student government and the College Republicans club of which I am the President. We've worked to have meaningful discussion with local community leaders, increase transparency from campus administration, and expand the discourse between students. When we work together, we can make the changes we want to see in our communities. I'm planning on attending law school to be better equipped to make the changes I want to see in my community, my state, and the country at large.