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Want to run for office? Here’s how…

Topic: CJP Interviews | By CJP | May 13, 2008


Here at CJP, we talk a lot about picking the leaders of the free world. But how about BECOMING one of the leaders of the free world?

Any Congressman can tell you that the only thing between you and your dream job abusing the public trust (we kid), is the will to
throw your hat in the ring. But for many reasons, fewer women than men run for higher office.

A D.C.-based nonpartisan group called “Running Start” is giving high school girls, yes, a running start toward getting into those first races. CJP recently spoke with Kelly Keenan Trumpbour, a board member at Running Start, about what’s keeping young women off the ballot, about how YOU can run for office, and which one trait every winner has.

4 Responses to “Want to run for office? Here’s how…”

  1. Minty Says:
    May 15th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Wow! She is really informative and smart. I will definitely check Running Start out, it sounds like an amazing program.

  2. SusieQ Says:
    May 31st, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Also check out The White House Project. I attended the “Go Run” training program last year. They give a lot of great insider information and provide you a network of local politicans as well as strong, smart women interested in managing other women’s campaigns.

    “Add women, change everything!”

  3. Dennis Sidwell Says:
    May 31st, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    I would like to offer an observation, a comment and story about your commentary on Fox News and website.
    Your commentary on Fox News seems very neutral and logically thought out. I thought you were a commentator who is Republican or at least right of center. That is number one.
    I went to your website and found it supports the female side of politics and offers help, support and encouragement to young women whom might be interested in getting into politics. I was surprised your message was just for women and did not include that other gender, albeit a less sensitive and rougher type of person, us men still have many of the issues you described and have many of the same difficulties so aptly presented on you website.
    How do I get into politics? Will it hurt my family? All of the questions you raised are valid, but my question is how men and women differ in their fears of running for political office? I suspect none speaking from the other side of the fence and based on the issues of what happens when one runs expressed on your website. That is the second point and observation I wanted to make.
    The third and last point is a story. I still work because my retirement planning was not very good. Social Security does not afford me enough retirement money to live on, as it should be. At work I met a 20 year old woman who expressed interest in my interest in starting a new business. I asked her if she was interested in going to seminars at the SBA and learning how I did spread sheets, balance sheets, P&L Statements, what kinds of business formations there are and so forth. She lighted up like I was giving her a million dollars and said yes. My story is about what motivates me and the lessons I would like to teach people of any age and any gender, any skin color, any sexual preference etc. My wish is to help people learn how to be independent of government and succeed to the full extent of their ability. The young woman who has expressed an interest in learning about business is ambitious, intelligent and selective beyond her years. I love that kind of person and will teach as much as she chooses to learn. I would feel the same about any other person that expressed interest in learning.
    My point is you support woman and not other groups of people. I find myself losing interest when people like you are so focused on one group of people at the exclusion of others. The information you offer on Fox News in your commentary are well thought out and neutral as to political leanings. Keep up the good work and I hope you will consider my words in the context of their offering.

  4. Union Glashutte Says:
    January 30th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I think women should have a lot more to do in politics than they do. Like it or not, I believe that Sarah Palin is an excellent Presidential candidate. Let’s put all personal attacks aside, she is brilliant and did a lot for Alaska while she was in office there. I believe she stepped down to focus on her campaigning for U.S. office… but that’s just me.