Tip: How to Run for Local Office


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“Never miss the ham breakfast or the chili supper,” says Nicole Galloway, the state auditor of Missouri, a position she was appointed to after serving as treasurer of Boone County. Months before you file your candidacy with the local elections office, get out and meet as many voters, elected officials and party representatives as you can. Tell them about your vision, but don’t just talk at them. “Spend a lot of time listening,” Galloway says.

Ninety percent of the 500,000 or so elected offices in the United States are held by white people, and men occupy 71 percent of those seats. If you don’t see someone who looks like you on your school board or City Council,…

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