Why should I run for office?
Holding office is about public service plain and simple, and the Democratic party is always in need of good, strong candidates. If you are passionate about serving the interests of your community, contributing to a healthy democracy, and advocating for Democratic values, including justice and equity for all people, you might want to run.
What advice do you have for those seeking to run?
Running for office is not for the faint of heart. It requires a huge commitment of time, energy, and hard work, both during the election and, of course, after you win your seat! Only run if you are ready to give it your all.
As a candidate, you’ll need to identify the challenges your communities faces, articulate how you are uniquely qualified to address them, and demonstrate how you are able to collaborate with others to push for results. This will require many person-to-person conversations and appearances at public events, as well as a good amount of introspection and self-awareness.
Unfortunately, running for office is not cheap. You don’t have to be a mega-millionaire, but you will have to participate in fundraising efforts and be able to inspire others to give to your campaign both financially and as volunteers.
On the local level, our Democratic candidates often campaign as slates, or teams. This lessens the burdens on individuals and makes the most of collective power. So, be prepared to work collaboratively, as well as independently.
Don’t worry if you don’t know everything from the start! Running for office is a learning process, no matter how many times you do it.
Remember that there is a difference between campaigning and governing. Ask yourself whether you have the will and capacity to be an effective leader and a strong voice for the people after Election Day.