Sam Spencer has worked in electoral politics for over a decade. Since 2004, he's knocked on doors and raised money for candidates from the courthouse to the White House.
Sam has managed campaigns for state house and Congress; managed databases and digital engagement for members of the US Senate and House of Representatives; and ran two of Mecklenburg County's most successful coordinated campaigns in 2011 and 2012. His political work has taken him as far west as Hawaii. He is a frequent contributor to Capital Tonight on Time Warner Cable News.
Sam's experience within the Democratic Party is as extensive as his electoral experience. Sam has served on the North Carolina Democratic Party's State Executive Committee, State Executive Council, and Council of Review. In 2008, as a member of the Electoral College, he delivered the nominating speech for Vice President-elect Joe Biden.
In 2011, Sam was elected President of the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC). He was the first president to be reelected twice in 80 years. In 2011, YDNC became the first organization in the state to endorse a vote against the anti-Equality "Amendment One." In 2012, Sam served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and successfully led the movement to quintuple the number of youth delegates in North Carolina's delegation. In 2013, YDNC focused on electing more young leaders to office across North Carolina, and won an unprecedented number of races.
Sam has worked as a tutor for over a decade, leading classrooms at the Ada Jenkins Center, the Davidson Center for Learning, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. His favorite subjects to teach are Calculus and Precalculus because he always learns something new (or something he forgot).
Sam has an academic interest in urban planning and mass transit. In 2007 he co-founded Grassroots Activists for Charlotte Transit to oppose a referendum that would have reduced transit funding in the greater Charlotte region. In 2009 he was appointed to the Citizens Transit Advisory Group for the Charlotte Area Transit System.
Sam founded the Grassroots Farm Team PAC (now known as Upward South), a political action committee dedicated to identifying, recruiting, and supporting the next generation of forward-thinking leaders. Sam serves on the advisory board and as a trainer for Democratic GAIN, was a founding affiliate of the 1902 Society of the YWCA Greater Carolinas, and was honored by the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas in 2013 for his commitment to the center.
Sam Spencer was born in St. Louis County and has been a Cardinals fan his entire life. Sam graduated from North Mecklenburg High School in 2003, and earned his A.B. in Political Science from Davidson College. While at Davidson, Sam hosted an all-vinyl show on the school's student radio station, was a very audible Davidson Basketball fan, and interned in the offices of President Clinton and then-Senator Joe Biden.