Thursday, November 02, 2017

We Were Just Talking About This

At the meeting yesterday afternoon we were talking about how we need more trans candidates to run for office. Here in Connecticut we have a trans candidate for governor Jacey Wyatt.
Out for votes: Battle over rights inspires more U.S. transgender candidates
Reuters
By Letitia Stein
October 31, 21017

(Reuters) - Virginia Democrat Danica Roem has been called a man by conservative opponents attacking her views on LGBT rights as she campaigns to become the United States’ only transgender state legislator.

U.S. elections this year could double the country’s number of transgender officeholders, currently at six, according to the Victory Fund, which works to elect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates. The group has endorsed eight transgender candidates up for election this fall.

A transgender man and woman are running for city council in Minneapolis. A mayoral race in Midvale, Utah, and school board contest in Erie, Pennsylvania, are among the other contests with transgender candidates.

Nearly 30 races in the 2017-18 election cycle already have a transgender candidate, up from 13 in 2015-16, according to Logan Casey, a research associate at Harvard University tracking them.
I think Ms. Roem is doing the right thing, running on local issues and letting her opponent sound like a raving hate monger. As they say all politics are local.

So my suggestions for anyone who is thinking about running for office start local. Run for town selectman, an alderman, Board of Ed, or other local office. Establish your name in politics, for one thing it is easier to raise money locally and the amount that you raise doesn’t have to be in the millions.

Here in Connecticut we have one of the best campaign schools in the nation, Campaign School for Social Workers. People come from all over the United States to attend the two day workshop. When I went to the school it was free for UConn School of Social Work students now I believe that there is a fee for students. I went to it in the spring of 2011 while we were working to pass the gender inclusive non-discrimination bill.

In 2007 I attended the Grassroots Organizing, New York Power Summit, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury NY where they taught how to organizing house parties, phone banks and door – to – door canvassing, it was a two and a half day workshop. I remember we had to organize a door – to – door canvas of a neighborhood on Long Island for a candidate, it was bitter cold and since I had a car I drove my squad around and kept the car nice and hot for them to get warm in. The following day we had a blizzard.

I hope those who are reading this will stop and take a minute and think about running for office.

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