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Meet Audrey Maloof

Today we’d like to introduce you to Audrey Maloof.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Audrey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I originally attended school in Mongomery, Alabama, to play soccer and study sports management. It was there where I realized that my true passion lay in public service. I soon returned home to Georgia and enrolled in Georgia State University. During my time there, I worked full time while also maintaining a full-time class load. My involvement in government began here in the District Office of Congressman John Lewis. About a year after my start there, I added on a second position with County Commissioner Nancy Jester. Through this work, I was able to learn all sides of government, federal, local, democrat, and republican.

After graduation, I had the honor of attending the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, where I learned about what it takes to make it as a woman in politics. This fall, I was chosen to be a Voter Protection and Legal Fellow at Fair Fight Action, an organization founded by Stacey Abrams to combat voter suppression. Through all of these experiences, I have learned about dedicating yourself and your work to others. This past legislative session in Georgia was upsetting, but it sparked something in me that has lead me to run for office. I am now a 23-year-old candidate for State House in Georgia’s 83rd District, dedicated to using my professional and generational experience to create policies that will enact change throughout our state.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. The political world is not one that anyone can enter with ease, let alone a woman in her 20’s. Many people have dismissed and ignored me. Many people have told me that I should “wait my turn” or just stop altogether. Things like this can be hurtful, but they also propel me further. I am excited to show people what I can do.

Although this is a tough career path, I wouldn’t change any choice I have made. I am a public servant at heart and the opportunity to help my community makes all of the challenges worth it.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My parents, Lisa and Noel Maloof. My brother, Jack Maloof. My friend and Campaign Treasurer, Latisha Hamilton. The woman who gave me my start, Ruth Riley. My first political employer, hero, mentor, and Congressman, Rep. John Lewis. The other supporters and mentors within the Office of Congressman Lewis, Tuere Butler, Rachelle O’Neil, Jared McKinley, David Washington, Jon Macomber, and Jocilyn Gilbert. Another elected official who took a chance on me and showed me what it is like to be a woman in politics, Commissioner Nancy Jester. And so many others, I really could not do this without my friends, family, and amazing support system.

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