DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Kat Pavlik
Kat Pavlik’s PC Story in her own words…
Like so many other people, after the 2016 election I became politically active. The Bush vs. Gore protest of 2000 in Palm Beach Florida was my only prior political activity. I waited my whole life, since I was a little girl, for a woman president. But I shouldn’t have been waiting, I should have been doing something to help make it happen. In the local election of 2017, I saw what a difference one person could make. We went out and let people know which party the candidates were with, since the ballot doesn’t say. One of our candidates only won by about 40 votes, and the average PC reaches out to many more people than that. There was no way I could sit around and watch TV this election season.
So I went and stocked up on groceries because I knew soon I would be too tired to shop. At the NTDO meeting, I picked up 650 flyers for each candidate. For the next week every night when I got home from work all I did was make bags.I felt like an election kit factory. When it was time to go out, the weather was cold and windy. After finishing all those, I decided to take a few more precincts, and everything in Dist. 204 was covered. Then I decided to try doing some more challenging locations. I went to St Patrick’s nursing home. The lady at the desk and said I could leave the election kits there and she would check with management to see if they could deliver them or not. I told her no, I didn’t want them to get thrown away if they weren’t going to be used. So I had to ask to ‘speak with her manager’. She was very reluctant and kept making excuses and I had to ask her quite a few times. She finally called the manager, who was a nun, and she told me she would deliver them.
Then I tried to do some apartments. Most had doors directly to the outside, just like a home. As I was walking by a car full of people I smelled marijuana, and I think I got a little bit of a contact high because then I started to get lost and confused in the apartment complex so I had to take a little break.
My favorite was the guy who saw me walking up and opened his door before I even got to the porch and said is an enthusiastic voice ‘Who should I vote for?’
In all, I delivered about 900 election kits and walked 75 miles working 9 precincts. Big thanks to Loretta for helping me make the last 150 kits and dropping stuff off at my house.
The biggest impact I’ve probably had is being able to reach people that have never had election kits before or haven’t had one in a long time.