If you’ve had a chance to listen to the Go Beyond the Vote podcast recently, you know that we’ve been in conversation with some truly inspirational people about civic engagement, and specifically about the need for more diverse voices in local government. (If you haven’t joined us yet, you can give us a listen here.)
In March, we sat down with Marissa Miller and Quandra Speights of She Votes Illinois to learn more about how their organization encourages women to get informed, get connected, and get involved. These two campaign veterans really helped us understand not only the nuts and bolts of running for local elected office, but some of the thinking and motivation behind their own involvement. Here are five key takeaways that I got from our conversation:
Marissa also emphasized that collecting signatures and circulating petitions is a great opportunity for politicians to meet their constituents and spread awareness of their campaigns and messaging.
She Votes Illinois is a statewide political action committee aimed at highlighting the importance of women’s voices in elections, government, and policymaking. If you want to learn more, we encourage you to check out their website and resources like their guide to canvassing. And, of course, listen to the full podcast episode to dig deeper into these topics and get more of Marissa and Quandra’s tips on fundraising, honing your messaging, finding volunteers, and more.