You should run for office!
Hi, I'm Jesse Smith. I'm a stay-at-home Dad from Silverton, Oregon who ran for the Oregon State House of Representatives in 2022; and then I followed up with a run for my local School Board in 2023.
If I can do it, then so can you! No, it is not easy, but you can do difficult things.
Even if the idea of becoming a politican is not appealing to you, I encourage you to participate in democracy. Vote, promote candidates who represent your values, volunteer, talk to your friends and neighbors.
We have made our public discourse too unpleasant by forgetting that we should all be treating one another as neighbors, colleagues, and community members. I believe that you and I can work together to bridge that gap by focusing on the core values we all share: freedom, democracy, human rights, worker protections, the natural environment, and quality public education for all.