Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn – Ben Franklin
If you’ve ever attended more than two political meetings, you’ve likely been asked about running for public office.
Most often, the request is part of a never-ending quest for more Precinct Committee Officers (or PCOs, as you’ve likely heard them called), but the need for action is clear. Our local Democratic party needs candidates who are willing and able to run for office. In stark contrast, the Republican party can sometimes appear overstuffed with potential candidates for office, from president on down to appointments to Snohomish and King county positions.
Our party needs to address the lack of potential candidates in the coming years. As elected officials retire or move on to other positions, as Democrats we must be ready to fill those vacancies and take a few Republican seats along the way. To use a sports analogy, we need to build a bench of experienced minor league players who can step up to the big leagues when the need arises.
Stepping into politics can be a confusing or stressful experience. With this series of articles my goal is to demystify running for office and make it easier and more accessible to everyone. Democracy, after all, depends on the activism and service of its people. Through easy-to-digest articles, we will address the common fears and misconceptions of getting involved in politics and hopefully embolden a new set of politicians to step up to the plate.
Part Two will address the first question most people ask when they’re told to run for office: Why? We will break down the reasons you should run for office and look at the biggest fears that may be holding you back.