Have you ever felt frustrated with what is happening around your town? Have you ever felt powerless to create change and have your voice heard?
This coming Tuesday, November 8th, is the midterm election here in the US. For many, politics seems to be the one topic we all want to escape, yet we are surrounded by it.
Perhaps like the majority, you are a reluctant spectator in the past. However, there is so much at stake lately that I could not open up a discussion on this topic.
Over the course of the years, I have been fortunate enough to get a first-hand look at our governmental system. During my career, I was asked to collaborate with Capital Hill Staffers to draft education policies and share a first-hand account of how these policies impacted our schools and students.
I have had the opportunity to watch individuals from both sides of the aisle work together successfully to make a difference in the lives of the people they represent.
If you believe politics are "dirty," "don't matter," or "why should I care?" This show is for you today.
I think that, at times, our limited understanding and knowledge of a topic keeps us from taking action or, in some cases taking the right action that can benefit us.
I know that we can often feel powerless and ineffective in creating change. For this reason, I am sharing this interview with you today.
This week's guest is Claire Campos-O’Neal, mother to two young boys, daughter of a first-generation Mexican-American, and co-host of Go Behind the Ballot Podcast. In November 2021, she put her name on the ballot and ran for office for the first time. She hoped to be the next State Representative for House District-51, which covers much of southeast Austin and Travis County.
What pushed her to throw her hat in the ring was the regret I was sure I would feel if I stood back on the sidelines.
Before running for office, she worked as a real estate agent focusing on residential sales. While Claire didn’t love the grind of working real estate transactions, she was always eager to learn more about the trajectory of her city, the demographic trends, and what makes a place desirable.
After the race for HD-51, she took stock of that surreal experience and felt compelled to create a place for communal learning and growth. Claire and her co-host of the podcast Nichole Ab hope that ‘Go Behind the Ballot’ is that home for the curious, the courageous, the compassionate, and the kind.
There is so much at stake in this election. Perhaps our beliefs may not be fully aligned, but my goal is to inspire you to vote for your values, what matters, and what type of future you want.
I also want you to do your own research, don't take information at face value from any candidate, party, or news organization.
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