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RHMS Graduate Coordinates McLeod-Skinner’s Campaign in Southern Oregon

September 12, 2018

  • Erin Keoppen ’17, with Jamie McLeod-Skinner candidate for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District
Erin Keoppen, a 2017 graduate of the RHMS program, will apply some of the skills she honed during her time in the department this fall on Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s congressional campaign in the race for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District. McLeod-Skinner, who the Washington Post noted has traveled 35,000 miles campaigning in the largest district in Oregon (and one of the largest in the country), is challenging longterm Republican incumbent Greg Walden. 

Speaking of her role as the Southern Oregon Field Organizer, Keoppen explained, “I will be the direct support for County Coordinators and Volunteer Directors in four counties - Jackson (our biggest in the district), Josephine, Klamath and Lake County. I will also be responsible for direct voter contact, training, setting up field activities, such as door-knocking, phone-banking and text-banking.” 

At Lewis & Clark, Keoppen was the president of Lambda Pi Eta, the local chapter of the international honor society for the Communication Studies discipline. In 2017, she was a co-winner of the Dorothy Berkson Writing Award in Gender Studies. After the campaign, Keoppen plans to focus her attention on applying to graduate school where she hopes to pursue her academic interests.
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