My name is Shane Cannon Coolbaugh, I am 27 years old, and I live in the City of York, Pennsylvania. I am a college student going into my second year this Fall, a husband, and a dog dad. My major is Communication with a concentration in Journalism, and I am currently a student at Harrisburg Area Community College. I plan to transfer to Pennsylvania State University upon completing my Associate’s Degree at HACC. I am involved with several organizations at my college, including the Student Government Association, HawkEye Media, and HACC’s Strategic Planning Committee. I am also joining Alpa Nu Omega, HACC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, after completing my first year with a 3.51 GPA.
Since 2017, I have held a variety of positions within the field of Political Organization. I worked to re-establish the York County Young Democrats after an extended period of inactivity. In my role as President of the organization, I focused on reaching out to young voters. I organized social events to foster engagement and utilized social media to create an online presence. I produced and co-hosted a web series, “Coffee with Candidates”. The series consisted of introductory interviews with the Democratic candidates seeking the party’s nomination in the 2018 Primary Election.
Following the candidate interviews, I established a committee to organize a Democratic Debate for the contested primaries relevant to York County: Pennsylvania’s 28th Senatorial District, Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional district, and Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. The event took place in April 2018, a few weeks before the primary election. I served as co-moderator, alongside my Democratic State Representative, Carol Hill-Evans (PA House District 95). The Lueientant Governor and Congressional debates both aired on Pennsylvania’s Cable Network.
Following the debate and vote of endorsement from the York County Young Democrats, I joined Judith Higgins’s campaign for State Senate as an intern. My work consisted of organizing her website, managing her social media platforms, and getting out the vote. After Higgins won the primary election and the party’s nomination, I continued to work as an intern for her throughout the summer. In September 2018, I became employed with the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Committee to work as Higgins’s Digital Director. In this role, I managed her digital operations and focused on implementing a strategic digital campaign.
Unfortunately, Higgins did not come out on top in the general election. However, she decided to throw her hat in the race for York County Commissioner in 2019. I was brought on again as a Digital Organizer to assist with the campaign’s digital operations, including website design, social media management, and content creation. Higgins once again won the Democratic party’s nomination. However, she came up short in the general election in November.
Following both of Higgins’s campaigns, I joined the Eugene DePasquale for Congress campaign in November 2019. I served as a Field intern where I was responsible for building relationships with my peers on my college campus and Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District at large, gauging their support for Democrats in the district. I also made voter outreach phone calls and used social media and online tools to help build a volunteer structure. DePasquale won the Democratic party’s nomination in June 2020.
In July 2020, I joined the Progressive Turnout Project, the largest voter contact organization in the country. I joined the Harrisburg office as a full-time Field Representative. In this role, I helped lead the training sessions of new canvassers and communicated with voters in the community via door-to-door canvassing, phone calls, and text messages to help them make a plan to vote. I also produced social media content to promote our work in the community.
Fortunately, Democrats came out on top in the Presidential election, with Pennsylvania being the state that pushed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to victory. That was one of the most rewarding days of my life so far, knowing that those conversations with voters played a small part in helping Democrats win back the White House.
As for right now, I am looking forward to a summer break filled with reading for pleasure, long hikes, trips to the Rehoboth beach, and writing whatever comes to mind.