Meet Skyler Kelemen
Q: How long have you been working elections in Watertown?
The first election I worked was the 2020 primary. Like many people, during the pandemic I was looking for ways to give back to my community-- helping to make sure our democracy runs smoothly really spoke to me. And, perhaps selfishly, I wanted something to keep me busy on election day rather than obsessively refreshing the news! I started as a poll worker and I now serve as a Warden (responsible for an entire precinct).
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the job?
My favorite part of being an elections worker is when we get first-time voters-- either residents who just turned 18, or who are older but were inspired by a candidate or issue to vote for the first time. It's so rewarding to walk them through the process and give them their first 'I voted' sticker. The hardest part? For clerks and wardens election day is a LONG and exhausting day (6am-11pm or later). By and large though, the vast majority of voters are friendly, patient and understanding, even when there are lines or when we have technical issues.
I recommend becoming an election worker to everyone! Even if you are just available for a few hours on election day, it's an enormous help. It's also fascinating to see exactly how our elections are administered and your vote is counted in Watertown. we have a very well-organized system with lots of double-checks and controls.
Q: What brought you to Watertown?
I grew up in Oregon and came to the Boston area for college. In 2013 I started a job at Tufts Health Plan and was looking to move closer to work, and to an apartment where I could get a dog. I found a great, affordable place in Watertown and I've lived here ever since! I love the green space, proximity to the river, the local shops and restaurants, and how easy it is to get into the city.
Q: What do you do?
I'm between jobs right now so I am doing a lot of reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors with my dogs, enjoying the fall weather! I also compete with and help run an adult gymnastics team based in Cambridge (Jurassic Gymnastics). We practice together year round and compete around New England and nationally in the winter.
Q: Where are you hiking in that picture? Inquiring minds want to know . . .