Spring elections

Jan 24, 2013

A fire in one’s belly.  That’s what it takes to decide to run for office.  Or at least that is what it should take.  There was fire in my belly back in 2007;  following are mostly from that run.

Photo – Annie Whitcomb
During the campaign I learned as much from the folks who would never invite me to their parties; political or otherwise.  Often there was a kernel of truth to what they shared or illustrated a line of thought I would never hear via my friends.  Expanded my view or helped me clarify my position.  I thoroughly enjoyed the campaign.  
But to run for office you need to know – 
 that you will eat food that is cold, fried, and this side of the expiration date
Photo – Daisy Chilin
the words you shared yesterday as caring citizen, are now heard, by some, as the words of a politician
that you’ll not see the top of your dining room table and your home decor will become early post-it
Photo – Daisy Chilin
that the forums you attend will feel like this from the audience
 and feel like this from the dais.
Campaigns are in full swing for seats on the Pasadena City Council and Pasadena Unified School District Board.  
Get involved – in a campaign or in asking deep, meaningful questions or  in doing research before  voting and then whatever your choice, in holding folks accountable once they’re elected.  
The Pasadena Latino Coalition will be holding a Candidate Forum this coming Sunday.  I’ll write more about that later today or early this evening.

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