During the fall election season, Hobart sophomores Phillip Anderson and Aaron Matyac worked on the campaign for Congressman-Elect Michael Arcuri, attending weekly meetings with Arcuri’s campaign manager in the Geneva office, canvassing area voters, and conducting telephone polls.
The two recently received an invitation to attend Arcuri’s swearing-in ceremony that was held at noon on Thursday, Jan. 4 in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and witnessed the new Congressman taking the oath of office as New York’s 24th Congressional District Representative.
Matyac, a political science and public policy major who traveled to D.C. from his home in Raleigh, N.C., said having the opportunity to attend the ceremony was an incredible culmination to the fall’s grass roots efforts to assist Arcuri in winning the election. “I am very happy that he won and that I will be able to share in his first moment in office,” he said before the ceremony.
President of the local College Democrats, Matyac is a member of HWS Votes, Student Honors Committee, Hobart Student Government and a tutor for America Reads.
Anderson, who has worked on local campaigns and attended such events in his home state of Massachusetts, was looking forward to going to the next level and witnessing an event on the national stage. “I am most excited about being able to talk with the new Congressman and find out what he feels he will do in his first 100 days in office,” he said before the ceremony.
Majoring in public policy and international relations, Anderson is a member of the executive board of the College Democrats, a member of the HWS Debate Team, Hobart Student Government, Colleges’ Budget Allocations Committee and the campus newspaper The Herald.
In December, Arcuri spoke on the HWS campus as part of the President’s Forum series and discussed the new political landscape on Capitol Hill in a talk titled “Objectives for the 110th Congress.”
Anderson and Matyac were guests on Finger Lakes News Radio on Thursday, Jan. 4. Stations included WSFW 1110AM, WGVA 1240AM, WCGR 1550AM and WAUB 1590AM.