Since deciding to run for office, there are 2 statements I have heard repeatedly:
You are going to have to get nasty
You will need to raise a ton of money
From the start, these two things didn’t sit well with me. I’ve never been one to do things just because that’s how they’ve always been done, which probably comes from having to do physical labor at my parent’s farm. Working in the hot Florida sun teaches you to always questions the “best” way to do things. The key is to work smarter, not harder.
I’m all for hard work, but smart hard work.
This philosophy has stayed with me, so when I started hearing about all the things I “had” to do with this campaign, it was time for some re-evaluation.
– “Politics has to be nasty” –
We’ve all heard the saying, “You win more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.” Why do we think politics should be the exception to that rule? The status quo may be fighting and hatred, but I am challenging that. The world could use more love, and that’s what you’ll get from me.
The last thing our city, or our country, needs is more nastiness. We need healing, empathy and kindness. Truthfully though, my decision to choose a positive campaign has much more to do with personal beliefs and less to do with efficiency. I have a 3 year old little girl. When she watches me, do I want her to see kindness and God’s grace or bitterness?
My daughter made the decision to run a positive campaign very easy.
– “You are going to have to raise a ton of money” –
I’ve written an entire post about my pledge to not fundraise already, but essentially I questioned what campaign money even does for elections. It doesn’t ensure the best candidate wins. It isn’t needed to get candidate information circulated. We have Google searches and candidate websites, which are little to no cost.
If we are constantly hearing complaints about how politicians are corrupt and politics is all about money, let’s try to do it differently!
Taking fundraising out of the picture means we are able to judge candidates strictly on their merit, and not who has the highest profile donors. All fundraising does in this era is buy name recognition for well-connected candidate. How much money is spent each year funding campaigns, and what could that money have been used on otherwise?
Basically, just because something worked in the past, doesn’t mean it cannot be improved. Don’t be part of the status quo, challenge it!
There will be a follow up post to this one about processes we accept from City government that can and should be changed.