” That was the day things shifted for me as a candidate; the day things became much more light-hearted and exciting.”
Entering the race for a political position for the first time in my life has been quite the adventure.
It all started when my campaign manager, and co-organizer, convinced me that we could win a race for public office. He explained that City Council would be a perfect fit because of the possibility of enacting positive change. He explained what it would mean for our community to continue growing our City Council to one a community could be proud of. Growth that would allow participants to have a voice.
All I can fall on as far as predicting this race is my imagination and past races I have bared witness to. So, I imagined that I would need to win the hearts of the well-established alongside the hearts of the community. It felt a bit intimidating as I pictured meetings with people in suits, well-seasoned in city politics and beyond. And my first few meetings were exactly what I imagined … a bit uncomfortable, and rather than human-to-human conversation it was more of an information gathering event followed by them knowing more about the race than the other well-established folk who may have invested interest in the race. That’s not why I was meeting with these individuals, but it’s what dominated our time.
My experience and expectations began to change the day I met with a particular community member. She is actively involved in our community outside politics, but also has a history within our political system. That was the day things shifted for me as a candidate; the day things became much more light-hearted and exciting.
I could tell at our first meeting that she grasped and connected with my vision, that she shared many of my values. Over the following weeks, she introduced me to her network, other very active long-time members of our community. Those meetings happen to this day, mixed in with others all throughout my weeks, on my lunch breaks, after work and on the weekends, and I enjoy them very much as I am connecting with other members of our community, something I have always valued.
Nothing but good can come from this City Council race. I sense that regardless of who wins there will no doubt be a progressive shift in our City Council and our community will benefit. More voices will be heard, more balance between the economics and livability of Boise will follow… we are growing in an awesome direction. What a time to be a member of this community!