There is a lot of interesting...and not so interesting...thoughts regarding politics and policies, but I was curious if anyone has ever thrown their hat in the ring for an elected position? To me, it only seems fair that if you feel strongly about your position, about politics and about your fellow neighbor, you would want to run for office to better yourself and your world. I have often found that in this world, some of the most ruthless debaters about politics are from people who will spout off about this or that at every opportunity, yet when given the chance to act upon what they say, never actively get involved.
I have run for two elected positions by my fellow taxpayers which is not bad since I am only 38 years old:
1) I ran for 1st Selectmen in my town.
2) I am currently running for my counties Farm Service Agency committee
In the first one, I lost by a single vote (No joking) though this was about 5 years ago. It has been an issue with time and not because I lost that I have not run again...oh no, I am a first rate loser and am used to that. My ego does not get bruised that easy. Considering it was a position most of my family has done means I will run again at some point when I get the time to do a satisfactory job.
I can tell you next week if I won the FSA job. I am currently on the ballot and polls close December 2nd on that. The woman that is running against me is a good woman and comes from a long line of farmers so I know whoever wins, will steer the county farmers in the right direction. I was convinced to run by my best friend who was termed out in this position and thought my progressive, young thinking might help area farmers. I have sheep and this county is changing from strictly dairy farming, to veggie and small livestock farms so we sort of need to change...and prioritize differently with the times...
To that end, I am a Supervisor on my counties Soil and Water Conservation District, but it is currently an appointed position. Still, whether I get the FSA position or not, I can still help my local small farmers out by "staying in the loop" and advocating for them.
So what elected positions have you thrown your hat into the ring for?