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.
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.
Listen, share, and subscribe to the podcast today and follow Noah on Twitter @NoahArbit
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.
Listen, share, and subscribe today and follow Nina on Twitter @Nina_liang and follow the podcast on Twitter @YouShouldRunPod
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.
Listen, share, and subscribe and follow Mike on Twitter @electmikeharvey
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.
Listen, share, subscribe and get involved today.
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.
Listen, share, and follow Samantha on Twitter @SamforMarlboro and follow this podcast at @youshouldrunpod