Interview with Marian Jacquesfor our Member Spotlight.
Tell us a little bit about yourself — Where are you from?
I am from the state up North! I lived in the Detroit area until I was eleven. We then moved to California for about 5 years, returning to the Midwest when I was 16. I finished high school in Cincinnati and attended Ohio State University where I majored in social work. I have been in the central Ohio area ever since.
I have two children. My son, Neal, lives with his wife in Albuquerque New Mexico. My daughter, Lee Ann, and her husband live in Washington DC.
I worked in the social service field for over 30 years, retiring at the end of 2011. I very much enjoyed my career and am enjoying retirement even more!
How did you get involved in politics and the Democratic Party? When did you join the Democratic Party in Delaware County and why?
My passion for environmental issues started in 1970 when Ralph Nader spoke at a presentation when I was at Ohio State.
I raised my kids in Marysville and lived there 23 years. During that time I became involved in a number of local issues. I also served two terms as a township trustee.
I have lived in Delaware about two-and-a-half years. I became actively involved with Indivisible immediately after the 2016 election. At our first meeting a comment was made about people joining the Democratic party. The statement was made that there are things you don’t like about it, get involved and try to make changes. I took this challenge to heart and joined the Delaware Dems shortly after that meeting.
What is your favorite thing about the DCDP?
One of the things I most enjoy about the Delaware Downs is that it feels very much like a Grassroots movement. It is so easy for us to be angry at the national political scene, the division in our country and the hopelessness of our efforts to change things at the top. However, at a local level, I see where a lot of good can take place and I admire the members of the party and their activism.
What’s your favorite personal activity?
I have a new personal favorite activity. My first granddaughter was just born on March 11th. Cassidy Ann is absolutely beautiful and I am looking forward to showering her with so much love.
I also love traveling and spending time volunteering in Tanzania.
What do you want to tell the rest of the Party and our readers about why they should become involved in the Party?
We need people involved in the Democratic party. Fresh new ideas and perspectives are always necessary for the growth of any organization.
I have made so many good friends through my involvement with the party. It is a wonderful thing to be with like-minded people who share your beliefs and values. I believe there is strength in numbers.
We have a lot of work to do but I am very proud to be part of the Democratic party and work with an amazing group of people.
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