This isn’t a small, do-it-now action, but while small actions can have a powerful impact if enough people take part, those who are concerned about Trump and his potential legacy need to be in it for the long haul, and have an eye for the future. A really powerful way to get involved, of course, is running for office yourself. There are so many local offices that make a huge difference in policy in the long run, and often incumbents for smaller offices run unopposed, which gives voters a dearth of options. Generally, the most effective way to change the system is to make yourself a part of it – without getting complacent – and push it towards your ideal vision of what it could be.
This article covers some of the basic things to keep in mind before deciding to run for office. It also tells you some of the first steps that you need to take if you’re considering a campaign.
This article talks about what some of the easiest positions are to run for as a first-time campaigner. Becoming an elected member of leadership in your local branch of the Democratic party (more on that tomorrow), a city councilmember in a smaller town or city, any sort of county or state elected official… the list goes on. Investigate what elected positions are available for you to run for, and what you would be most interested in.
If you’re a woman interested in running for office, here are some specific resources that seek to get more women into elected positions:
National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington (for residents of the State of Washington)
Emerge America, which provides intensive training to women who are considering a run for political office. Their program is currently available in a handful of states.
Emily’s List, which focuses specifically on getting pro-choice women elected to office.
Read this book: The Campaign Manager: Running and Winning Local Elections, by Catherine Shaw