Monday, May 18, 2009

what i learned from my political race

Well the political race for me is over. I came in a solid 3rd out of three contestants. But what I learned was immeasurable. And here are a few of them:

I get competitive but I still couldn't "sell myself". Felt odd patting myself on the back.

I had to fight the urge to slam my opponents.

It was hard taking the high rode, especially when people wanted me to say something bad about another person in the race.

If an election has no issues - it is one big popularity contest.

People still like to follow the crowd and vote for the candidate with the most money.

Campaigns are expensive and it takes money to do the smallest bit of campaigning.

There are people who believe in you and help out and there are those who don't.
If someone might lose a dollar over taking a side, they will side with their dollar.

There is a lot of paperwork and regulations to follow just to be a candidate.

I am proud I tried.

Who knows what is in store for me later. Maybe another run. Maybe not. I am restless.


Anonymous said...

When my brother ran for state rep against a family member of a large, local grocer he learned a lot of those same lessons. However, he also found out there are a lot of people who were tired of the status quo. He learned to attend every "free" meeting or gathering of people in the district. Churches, Kiwanis, Rotary - attended Little League games, school functions, etc. He, too, found it hard to campaign "nicely" especially when the other guy wasn't. However, on his second attempt - he beat the guy... Don't give up.

journeyingrick said...