Former and current UNC students are jumping headfirst into the world of politics — managing campaigns, leading political organizations and volunteering with grassroots efforts.
Three of them — Jeff DeLuca, Matt Hughes and Greg Steele — are helping to maintain University students’ reputation for political activism throughout the state.
Jeff DeLuca, a recent UNC graduate, is the campaign manager for N.C. House candidate Jim Messina, a Democrat who is seeking to represent part of Wake County. While DeLuca has been volunteering since the age of 13, he said advocacy work at UNC sparked his political career.
As a freshman, he was a member of Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt’s 2009 campaign. He actively campaigned against the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriages last spring.
“The big involvement comes from networking, which was born out of my activism with Amendment One,” said DeLuca.