There are many types of political office outside of the White House. In fact, local government is made up of many people who were elected and put into their positions by the people. From your local school board down to your planning commission, the people who run your town have a great deal of influence. As a person with a disability, you can help to make changes, pass ordinances, and develop your community in a way that makes it friendly to all. Here are some tips on how to get started as a local political figure.
Know your local area.
First, you have to get to know your area. You can use the Groveland Township website to become more familiar with the township and surrounding areas. The website can put you in contact with the building commission, clerk, codes enforcement, the treasury department, the fire department, and more. You’ll also want to spend some time checking out the local schools, churches, and community amenities.
Assemble the right team.
Running for office is a lot like running a business. You have to have the right team to make it successful. This should include a campaign manager, political consultants, a communications director, a field organizer, and a social media director. MasterClass explains that there are many others that are also involved, including a scheduler, and, potentially, a speechwriter.
Most importantly, you will also need someone to handle your campaign finances. Not only will this individual make sure that campaign funds are spent well, but they will also help grow your team by tracking their time. Ideally, your accountant will use a payroll system that allows you to pay your employees with simplified timesheets, preferably through a mobile app. Your accountant will also need access to accurate reporting and other financial information.
Plan your platform.
When you have your team together, they will help you get through many phases of the campaign process, including exploring whether or not it’s what you really want to do. Once you’ve made it past this, you can get to work planning your campaign strategy and tactics. This will include getting your message out to the public, which often means doing radio or television interviews or posting to social media. You also need to make a plan that showcases how you will communicate with voters and others.
Use your unique insights.
As a person with a disability, you do have unique insights into your community that others will not have. For example, you may have noticed that your local park isn’t wheelchair friendly or that people with disabilities are underrepresented in the local school board. As you begin your campaign, you’ll want to speak to others with disabilities, and this means paying close attention to how you address people. It doesn’t matter how you are comfortable being spoken to, use person-first language so that you don’t risk offending the very people whom you’re trying to help.
Running for political office as a person with a disability isn’t that different from anyone else. What is different is that you have a unique perspective and can help perpetuate change for others in your position. Start by knowing your local area, then assemble the right team. The rest will fall into place and, even if you don’t win, you’ll help shed light on issues that plague the disability community.
Groveland Township is a small community consisting of just less than 5500 people and 18 miles from Flint, Michigan, and about an hour from Detroit. With access to dozens of golf courses, swimming areas, and state recreation opportunities, residents of this quiet town enjoy an exceptional quality of life. Explore the town online today.
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