Meet Rick Ferrante
Common Cause NC member
'There's a real power that we have, there's a real difference that we can make if we all just came together as one voice and participated.'
"Ever since I was young, I think I was almost captivated by the power of politics, the ability to lead and really make a change," Rick Ferrante says. "I want to be involved in something bigger than myself and I want to be able to make a difference."
A political science major at NC State University, he was introduced to Common Cause North Carolina by his school's internship director.
"She told me Common Cause really took this role as a secondary educator seriously, and to me that sounded fantastic as a student to really get a chance to get my hands dirty and really learn about some of my options as a poli sci student," Rick says.
During his internship with Common Cause, Rick worked on several in-depth research projects around public policy and also got a front-row look at the state legislature at work.
"To be honest, it was surprising coming down [to the Legislative Building] with Common Cause and actually getting introduced to different senators," he says. "That was probably the biggest eye-opener for me, just how powerful a constituent can be and how many rights we actually have as a constituent."
His experiences with Common Cause have further strengthened Rick's belief in the importance of younger citizens like himself engaging in North Carolina's democracy.
"I would say to anyone my age, we need to get involved, on a national level, but more specifically we have to get involved on a state level," he says. "There's a real power that we have, there's a real difference that we can make if we all just came together as one voice and participated."