17 October 2010

3 Sure-fire Ways to Boost Your Political Profile

With the final weeks of election season descending upon the US population, many voters might peruse the deluge of candidate literature making their way to mail boxes and think, "I'd do a better job than this guy/gal."

If this is you, then there are three tried-and-true things you might consider doing if you've never made a run for city council, county commissioner, mayor, and so on.

Go to Church
Although not stated as often as in the past, candidates who belong to large mainstream Christian churches often garner huge support from their fellow church-goers. The evangelism that is a huge aspect of Christianity in all its sects provides an obvious platform for "spreading the word" about a candidate seen as a good, G0d-fearing wo/man.

In the Pacific Northwest, candidates understand the importance of not stating any religious affiliation in their literature. It is, after all, the religious "None" zone capital of the world. However, churches provide an all-too important network for like-minded individuals.

If not already a church-goer, you're best bet is to go with a mainstream Christian church. Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Protestant, even Fellowships are safe bets. Avoid anything considered fringe, like Islam, Buddhism, Neo-Pagan, and even Mormon (unless you live in a heavily Mormon region like Utah). Judaism is a gray area that is dependent on where you live.

Sit on a Board of Directors
Most non-profit organizations, such as YMCA and the United Way, provide opportunities for members of the community to serve as members on their boards of directors. The commitment is minimal. Most directors need invest only a mere 2 hours a month. The political points scored are insanely huge .

Coach a Teen Sports Team
Is there anyone more heroic in US culture as the person who coaches the high school sports team? Coach a winning season, and your political credentials skyrocket. After all, someone who can lead a team of teens to victory should effectively run a winning political office, right?

As with choosing which church to attend, candidates should pick only the most mainstream of sports to coach. Baseball, football, and basketball all present the greatest potential. Age is also a factor. While coaching Little League or Pop Warner football carries lots off political weight, coaching gymnastics or soccer at the YMCA presents almost no value to voters.

How will your resume look as you head off to start your run for office during the next round? Will you be able to check these three items off the list?

Author Note: I actually view these three credentials with cynicism and generally discount them as meaningless credentials. In my eyes, these are nothing more than empty political hooks. I am much more interested in hearing a candidate's clearly stated position and plan of action than what boards they've sat on or what baseball team they coached.

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