This has been an incredible experience. And I was talking to someone the other day about how the campaign was going. They asked if I thought I would win.
Now, despite what you might have heard, I’m not psychic, so I don’t know.
But as I was talking about what my plans would be if I won vs if I didn’t, I had a few thoughts I wanted to share here about why it’s so important to run even if you don’t win. Even if you don’t think you have a chance to win.
Because even if you don’t win, in the process of campaigning you will have really important conversations with people who will remember what you said. The ideas that you campaign on become topics of conversation beyond the ones you participate in yourself, and that’s how change starts.
Because even if you don’t win, the issues you raise still have an impact on those who end up in those elected offices. Running gives you a platform and it amplifies your voice. It puts pressure on sitting elected officials and draws attention to issues they might otherwise want to distract from. Incumbents should have to defend their records, and campaign season puts the spotlight on the system.
Because even if you don’t win, you represent important minority voices. Even just in terms of minority political parties, it’s important to keep those messages visible, to fact-check opponents, to make sure the discussions are not one sided and distorted, and to make sure that those you represent aren’t pushed out of the dialog.
So please, consider running for something. And don’t talk yourself out of it on the grounds that a win might be unlikely.
You never know.