Run For Office

We can’t affect change without liberty-minded people stepping up and running for office. Washingtonians deserve to have candidates on the ballot who represent libertarian views. This is only possible if citizens like yourself step up and stump for our principles of individual freedom and entrepreneurial opportunity for all.

Our political system is not permanently broken. It can be fixed.

To get started, please fill out the short form below and we will get in touch with you shortly!

Run For Office

What office are you interested in seeking?
Why do you want to run for office?
Tell us a little bit about yourself
Have you ever run for office before? Have you ever been an active member of another party or worked on any campaigns?
If seeking State Legislative/Executive office, please answer the following: Transportation and Education are perennial campaign issues in Washington State. How would you summarize your opinion and use these topics to highlight other Libertarian platform items?
If seeking a Senate / Congress office, please answer the following: The success of legislators in DC requires the ability to build coalitions in order to meet mutual ends. As the first Libertarian legislator, with whom would you seek to build a coalition and on issue would it be?
If seeking a local office, please answer the following: Libertarians have been found to be most effective in local offices. How would you use your position to influence Libertarian success, and how would you sell that message?
 

Things to consider before deciding to run for office:

I am going to start off by saying this; it is truly an honor to represent the principles of liberty to the public. You are one of the few; at least right now.

“With liberty and justice for all” is a phrase that has been said at one point in time by every American. It is the last sentence in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I have said this phrase over a thousand times over the course of my life. It is said every school day across the country and before every City Council, County Council, State Legislator, and US Congress and Senate session. Unfortunately, most people and elected representatives have no clue what that phrase really means. They have no clue what the word “liberty” really means.

“Liberty” can be defined as simply this: “liberty is the absence of outside control or oppression over anyone’s life as long as an individual or a government is not infringing on the life, property, or rights of another.”

Now let’s talk about the word, “Libertarian.”

It is our choice as Libertarian activists to accept the responsibility of educating both citizen and elected official of their pledge to protect liberty and justice for all. There are 3 things I want you to consider before making the decision of running for office:

1. Why Are You Running for Office?

The first thing I want you to consider has to do with your reason for running for office. What has inspired and motivated you to take the initiative to express your desire to run for office?

Now, I don’t know what your “why” is, but I can tell you mine. My why are my 8 year old son, and my 13 and 27 year old brothers. It is my purpose to leave this country in a better condition for future generations than how I received it. When we were born, we didn’t get to choose the taxes we have to pay, the laws we have to follow, or the regulations that are distorting economic productivity and prosperity. I am choosing to fix the mistakes of the generations who preceded me.

2. Can You Persevere?

The second thing I want you to consider is your level of inner strength and your ability to persevere through obstacles and obstructions that sometimes block your path.

The truth is most people who run for office; don’t win the first time they run. Your focus should be on learning the process and getting educated on running a successful campaign, recruiting and inspiring volunteers, and building your local Libertarian Party/support network. In essence, you are building a T.E.A.M. (together everyone achieves more) It doesn’t matter if you are running for City Council or US Senate, your sights should be set on educating the public, advancing the movement, and increasing your experience base to set yourself and other Libertarian candidates up for future success.

As a candidate for office, you are given a platform and an audience the average activist just doesn’t have. Every experience should be looked at as a learning experience. Understand that in the beginning, you will be on a steep learning curve, but the more you take action, the better you will become. If you never take action, you will always be in the same place and nothing will improve.

Take Steven Nielson for example; Steven ran for Washington State Rep in 2014, earned 28% of the vote and lost. Now he is the State Chairman for the LPWA, helping to get other campaigns set up and planning an upcoming campaign of his own. He used the election process to build up his skill set, campaign team, and to spread the principles of liberty. He has made the commitment to continually run for office until he wins.

Make the commitment to continually run for office until you win and you will be in a position to make a positive difference through the internal legislative process. Support for your campaign will continually grow and you will make like-minded, life-long friends in the process.

Susan Marie Webber ran for City Council in Palm Desert, CA 3 times and lost. She ran again for a 4th time and won. Whereas Don Myers ran for City Council in Moses Lake, WA and won his first election by 16 votes.

3. Are You Willing to Invest the Time and Energy?

The third thing you must take into consideration is the time commitment involved with running for office. There are time commitments in regards to self-improvement and campaign/relationship development.

Take this opportunity to improve yourself; your speaking skills, relationship skills, and your project management skills. At a minimum you should join a local speaker development group like “Toastmasters” and read books like, “Maximum Confidence” by Jack Canfield. You must develop yourself into a leader. Not just a “leader” but “someone who leads.”

It is up to us to work together to develop the networks in your district. You are ultimately responsible for the success of your campaign but I am always a phone call away. However, the more open you are to expanding your comfort zone and learning new skills, the more successful we will all be.

Here’s a recap of things to consider…
Is the reason you are running for office big enough?
Does it inspire you in a way that will give you the strength to persevere through the long days and hard work necessary to win?
Are you ready to make the time commitment to bettering yourself, learning the skills to running an effective campaign, and inspiring others?

If you answered “yes” to all three of these questions…go for it! Just get started. Fill out the form above and we will be in contact ASAP.

“A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway.”
-Christopher Reeve

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