When his wife got a job in Bethesda, Md., Michael Hartigan knew it was his chance to get a communications job in the Washington, D.C., political scene.
"Explore everything, because you never know when there may be a connecting skill set," Hartigan said. "The basis of my job is journalism and communication, and just being able to sit here and have a conversation with a reporter or official or head of an agency has benefited me greatly."
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James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.