December 3, 2021
Lisa Ward has worked behind the scenes for many campaigns and causes for over 20 years. Now she is running for State Senate in Alabama for the same reason many other candidates throw their hat in the ring - incumbents taking their districts for granted and not listening to the needs of their constituents.
In this You Should Run Podcast, Lisa talks about how she came to run for office, why rural organizing is so important, how no voters should be taken for granted, and, of course, why YOU should run or office.
Listen, share, and subscribe and follow Lisa on Twitter @lisaward4senate
November 23, 2021
Running for office in 2021 is much different than running for office 20, 10, or even 5 years ago. In this You Should Run Podcast, Lauren Henson of New Heights Communications talks about the various ways that candidates can successfully navigate the social media, be authentic and reliable communicators, and stay on message. We also discuss the perspectives of young voters, combating "doomerism," and reasons to be hopeful in the months and years to come.
Listen, subscribe, and share and follow Lauren on Twitter @laurenhtexas and follow this podcast at @youshouldrunpod
November 17, 2021
Education has become a major flashpoint in American politics in 2021, with contentious school board meetings and elections across the country. In this You Should Run Podcast, Devin Del Palacio talks about his experience as an at-large member of the Tolleson Union High School Governing Board in Arizona, what prompted him to run for office in the first place, and looking out for students, parents, and school board members.
Devin is also Chair of the National Black Council of School Board Members. He has a lot of experience maintaining a positive, forward outlook even in the midst of very contentious meetings. He wants to improve education for all and encourage others to run for school board wherever they live for the benefit of all kids.
Listen, subscribe, and share today and maybe YOU should run or office too.
November 3, 2021
Colorado State Representative David Ortiz has an incredible perspective as a disable veteran and activist who has been using his life experience to connect with voters and other legislators.
In this You Should Run Podcast, Representative Ortiz talks about his motivation for running for office, the challenges of running as a first time candidate without a large financial network, forming coalitions with differing groups, disability rights, and why YOU should run for office too. Listen, share and subscribe today and follow David on Twitter @DavidDOrtizCO
October 26, 2021
Ras Smith's mother is a former military police officer who became a pastor and his father spent 40 years working for John Deere as an active member of his union. Through a life focused on farming, education, working class issues, labor rights, and social justice, Ras was already heavily involved in all aspects of politics and society in Iowa before he successfully ran for the state legislature in 2016.
Now Ras is running for Governor with a legislative resume and a focus on the future.
In this You Should Run Podcast, Ras talks about what motivated him to run for office the first time and how he decided to run statewide for 2022. He shares his successes in building trust and unity behind issues like criminal justice reform and his vision for passing solutions on clean water, education, and good jobs. He even shares some of his views on favorite professional wrestlers.
Listen, subscribe, and share and follow Ras on Twitter and other social media @RasforIowa
October 20, 2021
Timothy Ragland returned to Talladega and saw a community that needed help. So he decided to run for Mayor and won in a very close election.
In this You Should Run Podcast, Mayor Tim talks about making Talledega, AL, a community that attracts people and businesses, bringing in tech jobs by partnering with colleges and schools in the region, imposter syndrome, being a young voice in a high profile office, building trust during a pandemic, and, of course, why YOU should run for office.
Listen, share, subscribe and make sure to follow Mayor Tim on Twitter @TimothyLRagland
October 12, 2021
Gloria Johnson is a Tennessee State Representative, retired special education teacher, healthcare advocate, ally of public schools, and now a featured guest on the You Should Run Podcast.
In this You Should Run episode, Gloria Johnson shares her personal story in politics, from seeing political action in other states to organizing for Presidential candidate Barack Obama to becoming a County Chair in Tennessee. She also discusses how her convictions have made her a political target from the opposition, the impact of COVID, how the political is also personal, the trends in her state and the challenges of appealing to rural voters.
Since Gloria Johnson is from Knox County, we also share her perspective on how a professional wrestler is overseeing her community with a very rigid ideology.
This is a can't miss episode of the You Should Run Podcast, so don't forget to download, listen, and share. Follow Gloria on Twitter @VoteGloriaJ
October 6, 2021
Government should be representative of the population, and young people are very unrepresented in elected office today. Austin Marsman is looking to change that. Today, Austin is a trustee on the Board of Education and now he's running for Allegan County Commissioner in Michigan.
In this You Should Run Podcast, Austin talks about the viewpoints of young people in politics, changing the complexion of government, why local office is so important, and, of course, why YOU should run.
Listen, share, and follow Austin on Twitter @AustinMarsman
September 29, 2021
Everybody in America seems to have an opinion of Chicago, whether good or bad. In this You Should Run Podcast, Chicago Alderman Matt Martin talks about the realities of Chicago politics, including addressing crime and racial justice, understanding issues at the very local level, the impacts of environmental policy on cities, infrastructure and more.
The You Should Run Podcast has featured elected officials and candidates at all levels of government, but this may be one of the most valuable and interesting conversations to date. Don't miss this conversation with Matt Martin.
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September 22, 2021
In 2020, Marie Pinkney unseated a multi-decade Democratic incumbent in a primary election for Delaware State Senate. She was able to convince voters to make a change during a pandemic, when traditional campaigning was challenging. How did she do it? And why take on what seems like such an uphill battle?
In this You Should Run Podcast, Delaware State Senator Marie Pinkney talks about the many issues that motivated her to run for office, from her work in healthcare as a social worker to the negativity brought forth by Donald Trump to issues like gun violence. When she was sworn in, Marie brought new, progressive energy and gained many friends along the way. How is that working now? What does she consider to be a successful time in office? And, of course, why should YOU run for office too?
Listen to this episode of the You Should Run Podcast to hear answers to these questions and more from Senator Pinkney, subscribe and share, and follow her on Twitter @Marie4Senate today.