A good friend of mine is running for local elected government this fall. Six months ago he made the (huge) decision to leave a very well paying, very socially prestigious and very secure job to run for elected office.
Shortly after making his decision, he found out that the incumbent – a well liked but over the hill ands tired lifer politician – decided that he would re-offer. Unseating an incumbent is tough, especially in local government, but despite his employer asking my friend if he would reconsider and return to work, my friend held firm. He is running.
In the six months since that decision, he has worked tirelessly knocking on doors (10,000+), attending local events and meet and greets of every conceivable type, and getting active on social media getting his name and his ideas out there.
And he is a great guy. And I am quite sure say this objectively – we are good friends but not lifelong buddies. He is as fair-minded a person as I have ever met (his first decision was to accept no corporate of union money for his campaign). He works hard. He cares deeply about making his community work and he believes strongly in government playing a balanced role in both setting direction and balancing interest.
In short, he’s just the type of person we need in government.
Due to his hard work, its looking like he has a pretty good chance. But I am curious to see if he can get anything done. Or if it will change him. It seems that lots of politicians go in with good intentions and lots of intelligence. But somehow they either lose direction or lack the ability to get anything done. I certainly hope this is not his fate.
So… here’s to hoping.