September 17, 2021
The time to focus on midterm elections in 2022 is now and Michigan State Rep. candidate Noah Arbit knows that he cannot waste one minute if he wants to win a competitive election and flip his district.
In this podcast, we talk about Noah's work on behalf of other Michigan candidates, being prepared for a contentious and expensive campaign, why people should pay attention to legislative races now, how his Jewish faith motivates him to make a difference in his community, and the polarization and extremism that threatens politics in Michigan and across the country.
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September 9, 2021
Nina Liang was born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts and now she serves as President of Quincy City Council and leads efforts to promote women running for office through Emerge MA. Her current roles are not what she expected of herself growing up, and she hopes that her story will encourage others to find their place in political life.
In this You Should Run Podcast discussion, Nina talks about what motivated her to become a first time candidate, what you can accomplish in local government, making sure every community is represented in the halls of power, and, of course, why YOU should run for office too.
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September 1, 2021
With COVID cases surging all summer in Florida, Mike Harvey joins the You Should Run Podcast to discuss why he is running for the State Senate in Florida. In this episode, Mike talks about his family's personal struggles with COVID, how politics became so partisan and divisive, and how to look after everyone regardless of their political affiliation.
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August 25, 2021
The You Should Run Podcast goes back to Maryland with a special conversation with Baltimore City Council Member Zeke Cohen. In this episode, Zeke shares his personal story including how his faith instilled progressive values and how Baltimore welcomed him from the start.
Zeke talks about a wide range of issues that matter for Baltimore and beyond, from crime to helping young people with trauma to the impact that past racial issues like redlining continue to have today. We discuss the value of local office, how issues are interconnected, favorite seasons of The Wire, and, of course, why YOU should run.
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August 19, 2021
In 2019, Samantha Perlman became the youngest woman to win a seat on the Marlborough City Council in Massachusetts. She had already been active in promoting voting rights and other important issues, but, with some encouragement, she saw that if she wanted to get into politics, then she should run for office herself.
In this episode, we talk about the dynamics of local politics and how people view issues down ballot differently than just Democrat vs Republican. Samantha talks about how her plans for office took a turn after the COVID-19 pandemic and how she continues to stay engaged with her community. Local government is where the most important connections are made and it is the perfect place for younger voices to make an immediate impact.
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August 11, 2021
After surprising even himself by becoming the youngest person ever elected to office in Caroline, NY, Dominic Frongillo is leading a movement to inspire people at all levels of government to take the climate crisis seriously.
In this You Should Run Podcast, Dominic Frongillo talks about the impact that global warming will have on every community in the country, how local governments can implement policies that address carbon pollution, how to organize on climate issues, and why you can not only run as a climate champion, but you can win.
Dominic is talking to political leaders in every state for Elected Officials Protecting America. Learn more at https://protectingamerica.net/
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August 3, 2021
You Should Run for office and PA State Rep. Jennifer O'Mara is here to tell you why. In this episode, we talk about the challenges and joys of elected office, including Rep. O'Mara's significant bipartisan victories for her district through the state budget process.
Jen O'Mara knew about the importance of politics from an early age, but she never planned to run herself. Listen as she explains her personal motivations for running, the importance of young voices in elected office, building more respect for women in politics, favorite Marvel TV shows, and more.
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July 28, 2021
One of the most important issues in legislatures across the United States in 2021 is education, which is what makes the perspective of educator and North Carolina State Representative Ashton Clemmons so valuable.
In this You Should Run Podcast episode, Representative Clemmons talks about the events that led her to run for office, the need to make government more representative and the value of diverse views, and why YOU should run for office too.
Ashton Clemmons has extensive experience in education and she explains her thoughtful approach to what state goals should be for education and how to help achieve them as we look to the future and also how we can get more people to focus on all aspects of schools. There are many reasons to be concerned about the current state of politics in NC and across the country, but Ashton gives her reason to stay hopeful and involved and to not give up the fights.
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July 21, 2021
Alexandria Ayala is the first Latina to be elected to the Palm Beach County School Board. As she discusses in this You Should Run Podcast episode, this may be the most critical time ever to run for and serve on school boards, as education is becoming a lightning rod for far-right ideologues.
The average age of a school board member in America is 59 years old, yet the policies decided by school boards are wide ranging and directly impact parents of school age children. How do we get voters to prioritize school board elections and education policies? How do we make it easier for voices of all parents and students to be heard? Why is diversity in school policy so important and how can we promote more diverse candidates and ideas? With so much pressure and outrage directed towards elected leaders, how can we help their mental well being?
Alexandria Ayala touches on all of these questions and more in this episode as she explains why YOU should run for office.
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July 13, 2021
Perhaps no single state has the a political landscape as unique as Alaska. Legislative districts in Alaska can have the same landmass as some of the other 49 states. There are countless indigenous cultures, languages, and small towns, all with special challenges and needs.
In this You Should Run Podcast, State Senator Jesse Kiehl talks about the processes and changes that have led to the current state of Alaska politics. We discuss the strong independence that Alaska voters expect from their elected officials and how that impacts the political divide in the legislature.
Other topics include the dramatic effects of climate change in Alaska, policing issues for local communities that can't afford their own full time departments, using the budget to push for progressive policies or to stop bad plans, building coalitions, infrastructure, and why YOU should run for office.
This is one of the most wide ranging conversations yet on the You Should Run Podcast. Listen, share, and subscribe and follow Jesse on Twitter @JesseKiehl