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May 9, 2006

Pete Chalos: Community needs leadership from best and brightest

What does it take to win an election? Last week, we saw the climax of months of hard work and well-organized campaigning. Some candidates had been preparing to run for several months or even a few years. Spouses, children, family, friends and colleagues had been organizing, recruiting and promoting before most voters were even aware an election was coming up. It takes a lot of time and effort and a great deal of commitment to win an election.

Personal contact is one of the top priorities for any candidate wishing to run a successful campaign. The candidate must be willing to take his or her message out to the people and listen to the questions and concerns of the voting public. Going door to door to introduce your candidacy and hand out material, setting up coffees and meetings, and speaking to humanitarian and social clubs interested in local government are all ways to get your message out to the voters on a personal level.

Of course, you have to have a clear message that interests the voter. Each voter is interested in what you are going to do to improve his or her individual life as well as the community. The voter wants hope for the future. The voter wants to know things will get better. They won’t elect you, and shouldn’t elect you, if you don’t have a clear vision and specific plans to make this community a better place. You must show that you have the character and the drive to pursue progress but also show that you have the ability and know how to make it happen.

Every candidate has passion. Nobody would run for office if it wasn’t something inspired by passion. No candidate would stay in the race under the extreme pressure if there was no passion. Passion is common to all candidates. What separates the winners from the losers is conviction.

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