When in doubt, run for office

And that is how it all started. I had been involved in the Republican Party for a few years. I helped on the Jews for George campaign. I went to meetings, I was helping but there was more, I wanted to be someone, something. I felt the best way to be involved was to try and join the board of the party and see what I could do. I am the ultimate optimist. The easiest way to join the board locally was to run for office. This guaranteed you a spot. And with that I set off on the quest to run for public office. I ended up with a primary opponent. An older gentleman with a strong Detroit last name. I knocked on thousands of doors. I worked my ass off. In the end, I lost.

I lost? How in the heck did I lose?

I regained my composure and carried on. People liked my tenacity and my optimism. Something that I hope I never lose. And with that I tried again. This time I got a few of my friends to run. This time my primary opponent turned out to be super easy to beat. There was no opponent. I was ready for the general. I went into the heart of Democratic territory. I knocked on thousands of doors, sent out a mailing. I was rocking. In the end, I lost.

I had no clue how strong the local Democratic party was locally.

Even so, I had my spot on the board, I was determined to make a difference. I joined the board and immediately got to work. We elected a new chairman who was going to help recruit more candidates. Quickly, it became apparent that he was not interested in such things.

The next election cycle I took a step back and have long since learned the best way to get something done is not to wait for your party to do something. If you want to get something accomplish, go and find the willing participants and do it. If local elections intrigues you, the easiest way to get on the board is to run for office. I think everyone in their lifetime should try.