Shortly before the Inauguration in January 2017, I decided to act. I became a precinct committeeman in my township in the hopes of getting others out to vote and working on local elections because our local government effects us the most. I believe that you can’t have family values if you don’t value families, and that a community is stronger when everyone is working together. I believe that if you think global and act local, good things will happen for democracy. We still have a long way to go, I still have a lot of work to do and much to learn, but I feel better knowing that I’m out trying to do something rather than sitting on my couch watching TV or looking at Twitter.
My experience with the American political system started as a 11-year old passing out campaign literature in the presidential election campaign in 1940. Fast forward to my college age years when I joined a local political party and became educated about getting people out to vote in both the primary and general election. All of this occurred in the state of Kansas.
Later I worked for two congressmen on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. At this point I had the opportunity to knock on doors in elections and encourage voters to support candidates.
Getting more people voting should be the goal of all who believe in making democracy work. This takes education about democracy which translates into persuading people to vote in every election!