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A week in the life of a music student running for office


This weekend concludes my first week back on campus, and I thought it would be interesting to give a glimpse of what it looks like!

My name is Zach Coltrain and I am a 19 year old student entering my 3rd year, and I am the youngest candidate filed for the VA House of Delegates ever.

This week started with my bassoon auditions through music school which determines which musical ensemble you will play in, this is a process that all music majors go through each semester. This of course also means that I had my first rehearsals for the Symphony Band and Blazing Bassoons ensembles at Appalachian State.

As a music therapy major, I also met my internship clients for the semester and started planning my weekly sessions for them. It is a space where we get clinical practice in front of certified supervisors. I really missed the ambient sounds of the instruments throughout the building, and it’s good to be back.

If you’re interested, here’s a video of me testing the acoustics of my new apartment.

As captain of the App State Speech and Debate team, I helped organize and organize tryouts for the team this year. At the same time, I was in contact with organizations of young democrats to try to reach the high schools in my district. We agree that teenage/young voters have and can affect election results and we need to establish ways to make the process as easy for them as possible. A good current transition for this is the Federal Loan Forgiveness that is being implemented (which I found out I will qualify for, and as a Pell Grant student, I am very ecstatic!)

On the campaign side, this week I started chatting with a reporter from our district newspaper. I can’t wait to see what comes out of it, and I hope (as with these articles) that the unconventional side of my campaign can catch the attention of people in my neighborhood. I also now appear on vpap as a race candidate which confirmed how real this is.

Twitter post of when VPAP threw my name

On top of that, I was contacted by the wonderful Enable Virginia to sign their undertaking not to receive any money from Dominion Energy or Appalachian Power co. I was delighted to add my name to the list. My team worked hard to start creating the look of my campaign (logo, design, website, etc.) and I really couldn’t do it without them plus school.

As we get closer to this month of November, we are beginning to plan telephone banking events for the incumbent of the National Chamber in my constituency. Elaine Luria is a pointer for the country and many are watching her run to determine what home will look like after the half runs. 2022 and 2023 will be the top-down elections in Virginia, and running in a race that was meant to be uncontested is the most impactful thing I can do to ensure that progress is protected and voters get to the ballot boxes.

If you would like to support my campaign, please help me out using the ActBlue link below, I appreciate the support moving forward in 2023!