Plymouth student runs US election campaign from city digs
A STUDENT has been elected to a US state House of Representatives after running a campaign while studying at Plymouth University.
Nick Schwaderer, 24, originally from Montana, wooed voters in the United States by pledging to slash taxes, uphold freedoms and alleviate student debt – all from the other side of the Atlantic.
He ran the campaign, election interviews and transatlantic debates while juggling a law and business degree at Plymouth University.
With the help of a campaign staff consisting of just his mother and a couple of university friends he was able to secure a seat in Montana's House of Representatives.
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Nick was sworn in on Monday as the Republican representative for the state's District 14, covering three counties and a Native American reservation.
He said: "It has been quite a journey to reach this point, and one that has required more than a few late nights.
"But I had tremendous support from my family and my friends and mentors at the university, and I'm incredibly excited about this chance to represent the people of Montana."
Nick was inspired to run for the job after he served as an aide to an outgoing congressman in 2011, and after he filed for office in January last year he had to balance the final year of his degree with intense media attention.
He said: "As soon as you file, you are suddenly under public scrutiny and the reporters want to speak to you to find out who you are.
"With the time difference, it meant a lot of late and through-the-night interviews, while at the same time I was juggling the demands of my degree."
Nick negotiated his way through the primaries in June last year, achieved a 2:1 in his degree and returned to the USA to run the rest of his campaign.
He said: "I cannot say enough about Plymouth, Britain and education in general. I had a wonderful experience, one in which I was truly immersed in the culture and a genuine part of the university.
"I was a die-hard Plymouth Argyle fan by the end, and my friends all took to calling me 'Janner Montana'.
"Every single American knows two cities in the UK – London and Plymouth – so I am looking forward to 2020 (the anniversary of the Mayflower voyage) and the opportunities it will bring on both sides of the Atlantic."