by Lisa Tome
Sara Campbell needed more hands on election day.
Campbell, 14, isn't old enough to vote but was waving signs for county council candidates Dan Schneckenburger and Joyce Bowlsbey for the primary. Campbell said she volunteered to wave at people to boost up the votes. Campbell was wearing a shirt from a former campaign she worked on, touting Nancy Jacobs.
Caitlyn Charles, 6, was waving a sign for Schneckenburger on Biggs Highway. "It's fun to volunteer for Mr. Dan," said Charles.
Children and teens played a key role in last week's election. At many polling places, they waved signs throughout the day.
Schneckenburger also had a visible presence at Cherry Hill Middle School on Primary Election Day.
His representative was wearing shorts and make-up leftover from Halloween.
Anastasia Davenport, 15, worked the polls at Cherry Hill for 12 hours on Tuesday, June 24. Davenport had a Schneckenburger sign in her hair, and wore clothes and make-up to match the sign she was waving.
"He's my stepdad and I am supporting him," said Davenport of Schneckenburger, who won his bid for County Council District 3.
"I decorated my face in white and purple, with a star because he has stars on his sign," said Davenport.
And while she was decorated to promote her candidate, Davenport said she was also learning a lot while working at the precinct.
"You get to see different points of view. You get exposed to a lot," said Davenport.
At 17, Amber Sharp is too young to vote. But like Davenport, she's not too young to learn about politics. "I like watching politics. I find it interesting. I just get to watch but being out here is amazing," said Sharp, who was also campaigning for Schneckenburger, who is her uncle.
Ethan Henry, 13, was holding two signs - promoting Chris Zeauskas and Robert Willick, both of whom were vying for county council seats. Henry said he volunteered to stand out in front of Singerly Fire Company's Station 13 in Elkton. "I stand and wave. It's fun getting to know people. People are nice sometimes," said Henry.
Christina Ziegler, 17, volunteered to promote Scott Adams for Sheriff. She was working at Thomson Estates Elementary in Elkton and signed on to campaign from 7:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. "Young people should get involved. We will vote for future sheriffs and presidents," said Ziegler. "People can be nice or rude. It depends who they are voting for."
Luke Morse, 15, traveled from Earleville to campaign for Adams at Bay View Elementary School near North East. Morse said working the polls taught him to be respectful. "I was standing on the highway and waving," said Morse.
Nate McCullough, 15, is the son of Adams' campaign treasurer. McCullough was also working at Bay View waving signs. "I like meeting some friends. I like talking about Scott," said McCullough. McCullough's seven-year-old brother, Callum, had an important election day duty. He was helping to deliver lunch to poll volunteers.
Derek Adams, 16, also worked at Calvert. He said he learned a lot while his dad, Scott, was on the campaign trail. "Don't always listen to what's said. Stay positive on winning," said Adams.
Youths weren't the only ones who can't vote who were campaigning. Mary Burnell is old enough to vote. But her campaigning partner can't. Burnell, an assistant state's attorney, was working the polls for her boss, Ellis Rollins. Burnell was holding a leash attached to her Saint Bernard, Abby. Abby was wearing a bib promoting Rollins.