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Adam Petkun

During his freshman year in Eugene, Beaverton High grad Adam Petkun served an internship with Associated Students of the UO, the student government. As State Affairs Coordinator for ASUO the following year, Petkun brought students to Salem to lobby for needs-based aid to access higher education. Elected student body president as a junior, he served out his term while completing degrees in political science and economics. Throughout college, Petkun also volunteered with the Bus Project, a Portland-based group backing progressive candidates for state office. "We go to a swing district with a bus-load of volunteers and talk to voters door-to-door," he explains. "We try to engage them in the process." After UO graduation and completion of the Bus Project's first PolitiCorps training camp last summer, Petkun now directs the Bus Project of Lane County. "We have a smaller bus," he notes. To learn more about the Bus Project, the coming summer's PolitiCorps training, and volunteer opportunities for the 2006 campaign season, visit busproject.org.

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photograph and story by Paul Neevel

Eugene Weekly / 27 April 2006

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