March on St. John’s asked me to write a short piece about how we can best support progressive women candidates in elections.
When I won my seat on council in September 2017, I was fortunate enough to have a dedicated team around me. If you’re thinking about running, the biggest piece of advice I have is to surround yourself with people who care about you and who hope for your success. If you want to help a candidate get elected, be one of those people. The provincial and federal elections are coming up, and it’s never too early to start planning for a future election at any level. As they say, run early and run often!
Here are 10 things that you can do if you support new women candidates. Whatever time, skills, or money you have to offer, there’s something meaningful you can do to help:
1. Encourage her to run. I believe there are lots of women out there who might put themselves forward with just a little more encouragement. I needed it! I voiced an interest and I was at a book club meeting when a room full of women encouraged me to run. This was in early 2017 in the wake of the November 2016 American election, which was a call to women everywhere to step up and run for office.