Local Civic Challenge #2: Joining local offices, committees, and boards


Below is an excerpt from the original article at The Jefferson Center's site at.

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Learning more about the day-to-day work of your local gov, and how community members are thinking about issues, can often segue into taking on a leadership position yourself. Weve seen this happen a few times throughout our work at the Jefferson Center. Just last week, Erin Buss, a participant in the Minnesota Community Assembly, filed to run for City Council in Red Wing, Minnesota.

She told the local paper:

> As a participant in the Red Wing Citizens Assembly, I learned a lot about residents concerns and the importance of doing the work to keep this city on the right track. People want their government to be responsive, accountable and accessible. Im excited to bring a fresh viewpoint to City Councilits time for Red Wing to move forward.

Heres a few ways you can start exploring local leadership roles:

1. See whats open

Its an election year, and its likely youll have some seats in your community up for grabs. Find out which seats these are, and who else is running. While the deadline to file for congressional seats has passed in most states, there may be time to file for city, township, and school district offices.

2. Learn who holds local office

Even if you wont run yourself, its key to know who is. These arent always the elections we pay close attention to, especially when the national and state elections take over our newsfeeds. Resources like Common Cause and Ballotpedia make it easy to find your local representatives..."

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