High Point graduate finds key role in Nevada politics

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Michelle White’s journey in politics to become the new chief of staff for the governor of Nevada started in a set of classrooms in High Point.

White, a Democratic Party political organizer and campaign strategist, was named the top staff member for new Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak at the first of this year. This past fall, Sisolak won the race for Nevada’s top political post and became the state’s first Democratic governor in 20 years.

White headed up the governor’s transition team before being named chief of staff.

As White serves the governor in his role running state government, she relies on skills and insight she gained as a political science major at High Point University. The 32-year-old native of Massachusetts said the diversity of people she met at HPU and the insight she gained from professors provided her with the basis for her success in the political arena at a young age.

White said that she grew up in a community near Boston, where most people see politics through a Democratic or liberal prism. When she arrived on the HPU campus 15 years ago, White said she came to know and respect students of varied political backgrounds and viewpoints.

“It allowed me to be in a place that took me out of the political bubble I was in,” she told The High Point Enterprise. “I was in classes with people who…

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