If you have followed State of Elections from the beginning, you may have noticed a sudden upturn in quality over the past couple weeks. You are probably saying to yourself, “I know the current editor-in-chief, though handsome, isn’t remotely competent. What gives?”

Well, “what gives” is that State of Elections has a brand new editorial board. 1Ls Amelia Vance, Amanda Lowther, and Kelci Block will be taking the reins of the site and handling most editorial duties from here on out.

Here’s some information about the new editors.

Amelia Vance graduated magna cum laude from McDaniel College in Maryland. While attending McDaniel, Amelia was Head Delegate for McDaniel’s Model United Nations team, co-president of Allies (McDaniel College’s Gay-Straight Alliance), and participated in Model European Union and the McDaniel College Departments of Theatre and Music. She also worked full time for the Obama campaign in Michigan and North Carolina in fall 2008, and interned with the U.S. State Department and Michigan Representative Sandy Levin. Amelia plans to work in the federal government after law school.

Amanda Lowther is originally from Orlando, Florida, although she spent parts of her childhood in rural Alabama and living as an ex-pat in Ulsan, South Korea. She graduated in 2010 from University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, with a B.A. in history, minoring in mass communication and education. Amanda was a member of the University Chorus at American University (where she spent her freshman year) and sang for then-President Bush (and on national television) for TNT’s Christmas in Washington program. At UNF, Amanda was a charter sister and eventually president of the Gamma Chapter of Theta Alpha, a Christian sorority. Amanda was inspired to come to law school by her Media Law and Ethics professor at UNF, who sparked her interest in the First Amendment and other issues in the laws governing media outlets.

Kelci Block went to University of Central Florida for undergrad, where she majored in political science and minored in middle eastern studies. Kelci has interned for the Sierra Club’s law office and for Great Sand Dunes National Park. Her first exposure to politics was through her aunt, who is a state representative in Pennsylvania. When she graduates, she would like to specialize in environmental law.

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