Don’t Like What’s Happening in Our Country? Run for Local Office

Why Cursing at the News Won’t Save the Nation, but Your Name on a Local Ballot Can

By Adrienne Martini

Adrienne Martini’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” is 50 percent memoir, 50 percent advice manual and 100 percent heart. Gutted by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential win, unsatisfied after knitting “an ocean of pussyhats,” Martini — a theater major turned journalist whose first two memoirs were about depression and tackling the Holy Grail of sweater patterns — found herself campaigning for the District 12 seat on the Otsego County Board in upstate New York. When she won, she joined 14 delegates overseeing a budget of $130 million, covering social services, mental health services, road maintenance, law enforcement, emergency services, waste disposal,…

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