Meet A Member: Nick Weitzel

1. How are you and your family holding up with the stay-at-home order? We are holding up! While It has been challenging, especially with a very active 2 year old in the house, I think our bond as a family and with friends has grown stronger.  We are so thankful for ZOOM! We have made Zoom calls a regular practice to stay connected with friends and family spread across the country. We celebrated Chris’ milestone birthday with a Zoom surprise party as well as Jude’s 2nd birthday with multiple Zoom calls with his grandparents and cousins.

2. Nick, you’re a Founding Member of The Matriots. What motivated you to give at the Founding Member level? My husband, Chris, and I believe we need a political change in Ohio and in our country. Like a lot of people, we were in shock after the 2016 election.  We realized we needed to be active in creating the political change we wanted to see—we could no longer be passive participants.  We believe the Matriots’ mission of equal representation is the best way to realize that change, and here in our home state was the best place to start.  It was important to us to be Founding Members because we were inspired, and wanted to do our part to ensure this organization had the resources to achieve it’s Bold Goal of 50% representation of women in Ohio elected office by 2028, if not sooner!

3. In addition to being a Founding Member, you just joined the Marketing Committee. How do you think we can effectively grow The Hive to support our endorsed candidates? I think the best way we can grow the Hive is by sharing our personal passion and support for the Matriots’ cause with our friends and family. As individuals, we are the best representatives of our own interests, and often the best messengers for our own causes.  One of the ways we can share this passion as members are through hosting a house party, or a virtual house party as it may be at the moment.

4. Can you share why you think The Matriots’ vision for more women in elected office is the solution to today’s political rancor? Let’s be honest…what got us where we are today? This exact moment we are in demonstrates how important it is that we elect representatives who will consider the health and well being of our families above all else.  I believe with more women at the table, our government would make smarter choices for the long term, and avoid the kinds of short-term thinking and self-interested decision making we see today.

5. Now for something fun: Tell us about your favorite thing to do in the great state of Ohio. It could be a hobby, a favorite place to eat or something we might not know about our state! We are big fans of the Columbus Museum of Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts! We feel so fortunate to have these two amazing institutions here in Columbus.  Both CMA and the Wex have done an outstanding job of providing online content during the quarantine (make sure to check it out if you haven’t already), and we can’t wait until we are able to visit both in person again.

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