My name is Shane Cannon Coolbaugh. I am an Undergraduate Student majoring in Leadership and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and I will graduate in May 2024. I live in the City of York, Pennsylvania, with my husband, Jason Coolbaugh, our two chihuahuas, Chloe, and her baby Oreo Cookie, our cat, Chester, and my mother-in-law, Marilyn Sue.
I served as the York County Young Democrats president from 2017 to 2019. We built the membership base to 37 voting members during that time after extended inactivity. The leadership team brought enthusiasm and energy to the previously disengaged youth base within the Democratic Party of York County.
I produced and co-hosted a digital series, #CoffeeWithCandidates, that consisted of introductory interviews with Democratic primary candidates relevant to York County. Some notable interviewees are Congresswoman Madeleine Dean and Lt. Governor John Fetterman. The series aided in making candidate information readily available for Democratic voters online. The series led up to the York County Young Democrats’ Democratic Debate.
I led the event committee that organized the sold-out 2018 York County Young Democrats’ Primary Debate, and I served as co-moderator alongside Pennsylvania State Representative Carol Hill-Evans. The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) covered the Congressional and Lt. Governor portions of the event on their network.
Following the York County Young Democrats’ primary election endorsement of Judith Higgins EdD, I began working as an intern for her Pennsylvania State Senate campaign in 2018. I worked heavily in social media and digital operations.
In September 2018, I rose to Digital Director of Judith Higgins’s campaign. During this time, I managed the advertising budget, led volunteers, and staffed the campaign headquarters until general election day. Unfortunately, Judith came up short and did not win her race.
In 2019, Judith ran for York County Commissioner. I built her website again and served as a Digital Organizer for the campaign duration. Judith won the contested primary but came up short in the general election.
Following the conclusion of Higgins’s campaign for York County Commissioner, I joined the DePasquale for Congress campaign as a Field Intern. I reported to the Field Director and aided in building relationships within Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district. I worked with the Field team through the contested Democratic primary election. Eugene DePasquale came out on top in the primary and went on to the 2020 general election.
From July 2020 to Election Day 2020, I worked as a Field Representative for the Progressive Turnout Project. I was responsible for reaching out to voters and securing their commitment to vote in this role. I helped lead the training of new canvassers. We briefly knocked on doors before COVID-19 caused the organization to cease our canvassing operations. The Turnout PAC moved us to reach out via phone call to Pennsylvania swing voters. Our efforts paid off as Pennsylvania was the deciding state in calling the Presidential election for Joe Biden.
Following the 2020 election, I left the arena of Pennsylvania Politics to focus more on school. I served as a Student Senator with Harrisburg Area Community College’s Student Government Association, and I also wrote for the Student Media site, The HawkEye. My efforts earned me an invitation to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Alpha Nu Omega Chapter) after finishing the Spring 2021 semester with a 3.5 GPA, which led to my acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania in December 2021. I began my undergraduate program with them in January 2022.
In June 2021, I joined the TICC INC team as their Communications Specialist. TICC INC owns and operates five Friendly’s Restaurants in York, Dauphin, and Lancaster Counties. In this role, I manage five social media accounts and create marketing plans to build our customer base. The campaigns I build consist of digital and print components.
In March 2022, Judith Higgins declared a rematch against her previous opponent and current PA State Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill. Judith asked me to serve as her Campaign Manager. I’m bringing extensive experience in marketing and knowledge of fieldwork to this position. With perseverance, audience awareness, and authentic storytelling, I hope that we will be victorious this November.