Episode 16: Run for Office, Girl

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In episode 16, we take you on a crash course on how to run for public office. We are joined by Jessica Rohloff, justice advocate and board member of the League of Women Voters of the United States, who shares her experience of being a candidate. Learn more about why women need to step forward and run!

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Activist Alert - Running for Office

Find out more about our guest, Jessica Rohloff. As Jessica says, "No one talks to the mayor because everything is great."

Jessica's tips for campaigning include

  • Campaign for others to get experience.
  • Have a strong, dedicated team, including a highly organized treasurer.
  • Make friends with the government office that oversees elections.
  • Learn how to read and create campaign literature, including disclosures. (See more in this FEC.gov pdf)
  • Be publicly available. Person-to-person contact is your most important campaign activity.
  • Realize small things can be interpreted as political act. Always eat the sandwich.
  • Get clear on your top three priorities.
  • As a female candidate, you have many situations where being gracious is going to help.
  • When people start taking you seriously, the knives will come out.
  • Time is your most important commodity. You need strong time management skills. Check out Making Obama podcast: episode 2. 
  • Voters need to go to the polls and vote for you for their own self-interest.
  • Stop asking people for a favor. This is an opportunity for them to make a difference with their vote and their time.
  • You will come out stronger in public if you are taking care of yourself in private.
  • Support other women running for office.

Additional Resource

Check out the book, Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself, by Amanda Litman. See more at the author's website.

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