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#ELGL19 Attendee: Nick Smith

Posted on January 21, 2019


Nick Smith

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Nick Smith

Digital Content Specialist, City of Gaithersburg, MD

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What is the most local government-y thing you have done on vacation?

Well, I’ve taken a #CityHallSelfie in pretty much every city I’ve been to but in addition to my photo at Reykjavik’s City Hall I swapped local government swag with my Icelandic counterpart. Also when I was in Amsterdam I literally chased a municipal garbage truck to see how it worked.

If I was booking the guests for the GovLove podcast, I would book…

The women of color who make up such a large part of the new freshman class of Representatives, to find out in their words what motivated/empowered them to run and how they see the future of the legislature/country.

If you could only have wine OR chocolate for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

There are red wines that have chocolate notes, so …

What’s one thing you want to do/see when you’re in Durham?

I want to eat a pile of Carolina-style barbecue sandwiches.

Who is your mentor?

Almost everything I’ve learned has come from a lot of people in GSMO and ELGL, but I really enjoy going to my Division Director when I have a quandary at the office. She’s a wise lady.

What’s the most interesting thing you’re working on right now?

Breaking in a pair of cowboy boots

What’s your pet peeve?

People who schedule hour-long meetings for later that day

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