Santa Cruz Sentinel | Santa Cruz County Stories: Carson Kelly was never much interested in political activism … then came Trump

Carson Kelly’s interest in politics and philosophy dates back decades, but his political activism was spawned by November’s election of Donald Trump. (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Carson Kelly’s interest in politics and philosophy dates back decades, but his political activism was spawned by November’s election of Donald Trump. (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Carson Kelly has a new dog. That means he’s right in the middle of the time-consuming, patience-draining task we all know as puppy training. He’s also got a wife and three children, a full-time job and several outside volunteer commitments. The man’s pulling a full wagon.

The last thing he needed was to take on yet another responsibility. But apparently the American electorate wasn’t too concerned with Kelly’s schedule management.

In the months since the 2016 presidential election, the 45-year-old Santa Cruz software executive has done something he never pictured himself doing before: lead a political movement. Along with his wife Shannon, Kelly is the founder and leader of Santa Cruz Indivisible, a nascent grass-roots progressive organization, which is part of a broader national movement that has emerged in resistance to the election of Donald Trump.

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