Sydney Ridley, 25, entered politics by complete accident. A Tampa native, Sydney had been working for an investment bank in NYC after college and started volunteering in the interim summer on a congressional campaign. She fell in love and decided to stay in Florida and work in politics.
Her first shot was with Mike Prendergast during his 2010 congressional campaign where she started as a volunteer and ended up running the entire ground game. Sydney has also worked for the Senate campaigns of Jeff Brandes and Dorothy Hukill, and credits her current “rock star” boss, Rep. Dana Young, as her biggest cheerleader and as someone that Sydney strives to be like some day.
Sydney’s first step when taking on a new project or campaign is to look at the numbers and demographics.
“Nothing excites me more than a detailed excel spreadsheet,” she writes, “Seriously!!”
Latest tweet from @sydneyridley88: “I love vacations but I hate packing!!”