There is nothing like coming in last place – eight out of eight. The time spent sending out fliers, attending engagements, and getting out and meeting constituents, all have come to a last place finish. Now granted, I recently moved to Lincoln Charter Township, had only two-and-a-half months to campaign, did not know a single person in Stevensville, and quite honestly did not know the top issues facing locals. Maybe it was too ambitious to think I could gain a spot on the local board. However upon reflection, there are some important lessons to be learned.
First – to win, you need a horse in the race. My advice is to go after your dreams and learn by failure. Looking at the votes, I did receive 404 and 403 of those were from individuals who I probably never met. The funny thing was that my neighbors were out of town in addition to my wife so I have no idea who voted for me.
Second – never do something half-heartedly. I did not go door-to-door and this breaks the most important rule in running for office. I lied to myself by believing in the reasons above. Maybe I was enjoying Lake Michigan or Silver Beach too much. In my first election running as an independent, I went door to door and I met some great and patriotic people. Who knows, maybe going door to door would have pushed me up one place to seventh; never again will I do something half-heartedly.
Third – focus on the future and learn from mistakes. After running for local office, I met some great people in the Republican Party and I was elected a precinct delegate. I will use the next time until the election to learn public speaking, read more, meet more people, and finish school. The timing wasn’t right and I am fine with that.
Fourth – take a risk. One day you will reflect on your boring life and wish you had done something out of your comfort zone.
Just my thoughts…