If You Don't Run for Public Office, Someone Less Progressive Will

One wants to run for school board, another for library board. A third is helping a friend run for office. Regular folks, many politically active only since 2016, learned practical tips on how to run for public office in April when dozens of

local seats will be on the ballot in 2019: City Council, School Board, Library Board, Park District Board, even Mayor or Village President. Most of these are nonpartisan races, but important issues are decided by local governments. These campaigns don't require a lot of money, and you can keep your day job. You'll be performing a valuable community service. You will have help! Advice from campaign veterans Monday: go to community events to build your personal network; tap into the groups you have already joined. Get a name tag and wear it; have fun and meet interesting people! "Keep in mind it's a Republican area--but it's changing," said Joe Gump, a former candidate.

"When you run for office, you lose the feeling of hopelessness about politics," said Hal Snyder, a Palatine Library Trustee who is running for re-election. "I'm providing a vital role for the community, and it's something I've fallen in love with."

The session Monday night at Palatine Public Library was the first of several upcoming sessions to explain what offices are up for election were you live, how to get started, and how to run your campaign. Contact us here for more information, and watch for upcoming sessions. And run! Yes, You!

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