Election 2016

Road to the Election 2016

Meet the University of Delaware's political experts

If journalists would like to connect with these experts, contact Media Relations Coordinator Peter Bothum at 302-831-1418 or pbothum@udel.edu

National Agenda 2016

This year's "Road to the Presidency" features a wide variety of speakers discussing issues surrounding the presidential election. Talks are free and open to the public, held on select Wednesday evenings in Mitchell Hall, 7:30 to 9 pm. For those who can't make the series but want to tune in, a livestream is available.

More details and future speakers

Election events at UD 

UD Library Election Guide
Students coverage
On the campaign trail

Political polling at UD


UD's Center for Political Communication is committed to innovative research and relevant topics for opinion surveys, while engaging students and the community. 

UD Students engaged in politics


Javier Horstmann

Masters in public administration candidate
Interning for Delaware Democrats
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware

"Working on political campaigns truly allows you to dedicate your life to making your community better in a very hands-on way. It has been a tremendous opportunity to work with such a dedicated and motivated group of individuals."





Daryl Simon

Senior, majoring in political science and public policy
Summer intern with US Congressman Steve Israel (NY)
Hometown: Plainview, New York 

"Working for Congressman Israel was an incredible learning experience and a true look into how our government runs and interacts with its constituents."



Chris Merken

Senior, majoring in political science
Former scheduling intern for the Office of the Vice President
Hometown: Radnor, Pennsylvania

"Serving as a White House intern was exhilarating, humbling, and frightening. Serving in the Office of the Vice President - a man of unquestionable dedication and uncompromising ethics - gave me a path to follow and a role model to emulate."




Jonathan Beale

Senior, majoring in political science
Summer intern with Rand Paul for President
Hometown: Wallingford, Connecticut 

"It was an experience of a lifetime to be able to immerse myself in creation of the infrastructure for a national presidential campaign and exciting to help contribute directly to a 50-state operation while wearing many hats at the campaign headquarters in Washington, D.C."



Ryan Dubicki

Junior, majoring in political science
Interning for Delaware GOP
Hometown: Seaside Heights, New Jersey

"This is my first real internship and the experience has been great! I couldn't ask to work with better people."


Dylan Tepper

Sophomore, majoring in political science
Interning for Delaware Democrats
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

"Working in such a small state compared to where I’m from has opened my eyes to just how different politics is here. All the politicians are so much more accessible, so much more personal and it is a lot easier for someone to get involved here, but it is also makes it harder, because you have to have a different breed of far more personal politics here."


Alexandra Hough

Senior, majoring in communications
Worked at the Democratic National Convention
Hometown: Middletown, New Jersey

"I never imagined politics would be something I enjoyed covering, but I made friends, connections and the experience has been a major talking point on my resume."


Sarah Brotzman

Senior, majoring in Spanish and political science
Intern for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.)
Hometown: Nazareth, Pennsylvania

"My internship ... in Washington, D.C. absolutely changed my life and was the reason for the goals I have set for myself upon graduation. It led to my campaign internship this past summer, which put me behind the scenes and gave me a perspective of the other side of the political world."


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