The Emperor's New Clothes.
Mark Twain once said, "Beware all enterprises requiring new clothes."
So, those of you starting college, new life situations, first time runs for political office: When you do buy your 'new clothes', don't forget your basic political values.
You bring lots to the table when you run for office and serve your community:
Professional experience. Personal story. Your thoughts on policy.
Professional experience: Whether you are a doctor, nurse, teacher, clerk, lawyer, stay-at-home parent, retiree, plumber, business owner ----you bring THAT experience and problem solving common sense to the Council or Township Committee.
Personal story: Who are you and where you grew up gives you your personal values. This is EXTREMELY important in the ever changing world of local politics. Don't ever forget where you came from, and your core alues.
Your policy and politics: Centrists. moderates, middle of the road thinkers, poll watchers have never moved this country forward one bit. Those who have a passion for an issue, and a willingness to share that POV in a democratic society are the true movers and skakers.