Episode 6: BUSTED! Top 12 Myths About Running for Public Office

Rethinking with Alex Torpey

Dec 2 2021 • 1 hr 19 mins

Join former mayor, municipal manager, professor, and consultant Alex Torpey as he briefly introduces the Special Series: On Running for Public Office, and investigates 12 common myths about running for office, such as myths related to balancing private/public life, public service being a thankless job, careerism in politics, and not being able to make an impact in the areas you care about.

1. 7:35 Myth #1: I have to belong to a party or be part of an existing slate or power structure
2. 13:48 Myth #2: I have to “sell my soul” or make promises to people that I don’t want to make
3. 24:33 Myth #3: I can’t run because people who run the government don’t look like me
4. 32:50 Myth #4: I have to be wealthy or know people with a lot of money – campaigns are expensive
5. 36:28 Myth #5: I can’t run because I don’t have any campaign experience
6. 38:48 Myth #6: I don’t want my private life to become public
7. 47:39 Myth #7: I’m an introvert or not an aggressive alpha personality, this isn’t for me
8. 50:24 Myth #8: You only get power over time, and I don’t want a career in politics
9. 55:42 Myth #9: I’m not qualified or experienced enough to actually be in office
10. 1:00:14 Myth #10: I don’t really like politics, running for office isn’t for me
11. 1:01:39 Myth #11: I won’t be able to make a difference in the areas that I care about
12. 1:04:22 Myth #12: People are mean and Local government, or public service, is a thankless job

Additional resources from this video:

Some organizations that may provide leadership development/coaching. Please note I am not recommending any of the following organizations, but rather providing a list to help you get started in your search. You should perform your own due diligence to understand if working with any organization, or person, including any of the below, is right for you and your values and goals.
* General organizations:
* Running Start http://runningstartonline.org/
* All in Together http://aitogether.org/
* Ready to Run – Rutgers
* American U – Campaign Management institute
* Sorenseon Institute (UVA) http://www.sorenseninstitute.org/
* Youth focused: (May be left or right leaning)
* Run for Something: https://runforsomething.net/
* New Leaders Council: http://www.newleaderscouncil.org/
* Left-leaning organizations:
* Launch Progress http://www.launchprogress.org/
* Right-leaning organizations:
* American Majority http://americanmajority.org/
* Leadership institute https://www.leadershipinstitute.org/
* Organizations that help women specifically: (May be left or right leaning)
* Women Count (SA)* https://womencount.org/
* Emerge https://emergeamerica.org/
* VoteRunLead https://voterunlead.org/
* Annie’s List https://annieslist.com/
* She Should Run sheshouldrun.org
* VOICES of Conservative Women: http://voicesofconservativewomen.org/
* Organizations that help underrepresented cultures and ethnicities: (May be left or right leaning)
* Catalyst PAC: https://www.catalystpac.us/
* ROSA PAC: https://rosapac.com/
* Maggie’s List: http://maggieslist.org/
* The Campaign School at Yale: https://tcsyale.org/
* The Collective PAC: https://collectivepac.org/
* Organizations that help LGBT individuals: (may be left or right leaning)
* The Campaign Workshop: https://www.thecampaignworkshop.com/tag/lgbt-candidate-training
* Victory Institute: https://victoryinstitute.org/trainings/candidate-campaign-trainings/
* Organizations that help veterans: (May be left or right leaning)
* Veterans Campaign http://www.veteranscampaign.org/
* Organizations that help people with disabilities: (May be left or right leaning)
* https://ncil.org/elevate/
* Other lists of similar organizations: (May be left or right leaning)
* https://ncil.org/run-for-office/

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