New Year's Day is the traditional day of turning over a new leaf, getting a new start, taking a first step toward a better you, the day for test-driving your New Year's Resolutions.
Losing weight, giving up cigarettes, exercising more. Those are the things that show up on many lists of resolutions. But this year, why not aim bigger?
Instead of making yourself better in 2012, why not focus on making your community healthier, stronger, more attractive?
Why not resolve to run for office? We all know President Obama will be on the ballot in November, but so will dozens of local offices, from township trustee to county commissioner to state representative. We don't want President Obama to be lonely on the Democratic side of the ballot in Livingston County so Livingston County Democrats will be encouraging people to run for many of these seats. And you can help us, either by committing to run yourself or by enouraging someone else to run.
You can do that by thinking about the people you know, from your workplace, clubs, churches, neighborhood, and so on. Surely someone has impressed you with their common sense and concern for their community. Suggest they think about running and see what their reaction is. Bring it up again later. People often find it flattering to be considered candidate material.
Livingston County Democrats will be holding candidate recruitment meetings in late winter to talk more about what's involved in running for office and what office might be a good fit for you or someone you know. We'll update you on the date and time as it gets closer.
In the meantime, resolve to give it some thought.