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Run for Office!

  1. 2. Run for Office! Promote Evidence-Based Decision Making Through Active Civic Participation April 27, 2010
  2. 3. Overview <ul><li>About SEA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Brief Biography </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Common Excuses for Not Entering Politics </li></ul><ul><li>The Need for Scientists & Engineers to Serve as Policy Makers </li></ul><ul><li>Political Strength of the Science & Engineering Community </li></ul><ul><li>How to Run for Office </li></ul><ul><li>SEA Can Help…sort of </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 4. About SEA <ul><li>SEA’s mission is to promote evidence-based decision making at all levels of government. </li></ul><ul><li>Key Programs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Campaign Training & Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SHARP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Redistricting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Led by an accomplished Board of Directors & Advisors </li></ul>
  4. 5. About Camron Gorguinpour <ul><li>B.A. Physics & Astrophysics, UC Berkeley </li></ul><ul><li>PhD Bioengineering, UC Berkeley [as of May 2010] </li></ul><ul><li>Created and managed one nonprofit and two public charter schools prior to joining SEA </li></ul><ul><li>Designed & taught Introduction to Bioastronautics course at UC Berkeley </li></ul><ul><li>Worked on political campaigns in six states, including as a Campaign Manager for a House of Delegates race in Virginia </li></ul>
  5. 6. Common Excuses for Not Entering Politics <ul><li>3 Top Excuses for Not Entering Politics: </li></ul><ul><li>It won’t make a difference. </li></ul><ul><li>Other people will do it. </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t have the knowledge base. </li></ul><ul><li>Other Reasons: </li></ul><ul><li>Politics is “dirty”. </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t have time/support from my work. </li></ul><ul><li>It takes too much money. </li></ul>
  6. 7. The Need for Scientists & Engineers to Serve as Policy Makers <ul><li>Scientists & engineers are uniquely qualified to serve in elected office: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Knowledge Base </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem Solving Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A few examples </li></ul><ul><li>Politicization of key science & engineering policy issues </li></ul><ul><li>Impact on America’s economy </li></ul>
  7. 8. Political Strength of the Science & Engineering Community <ul><li>In general, scientists and engineers make ideal political candidates. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong Public Trust </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Public Values Scientists & Engineers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strong organizational skills and rational decision making </li></ul>
  8. 9. Public Values Science & Engineering Public’s Perception that Science’s Effects on Society are: Mostly Positive 84% Mostly Negative 6% Other/Don’t Know 10%   Pew/AAAS 2009 Public’s Perception of Professions that Contribute “a lot” to society: Military Members 84% Teachers 77% Scientists 70% Medical Doctors 69% Engineers 64% Clergy 40% Journalists 38% Artists 31% Lawyers 23% Business Executives 21%   Pew/AAAS 2009
  9. 10. Public Values Science & Engineering Types of People the Public Most Trusts to Generally Tell the Truth: Doctors 85% Teachers 83% Scientists 77% Police Officers 76% Professors 75%   Harris 2006 (Partial List) Types of People the Public Least Trusts to Generally Tell the Truth: Opinion Pollsters 34% Trade Union Leaders 30% Stockbrokers 29% Lawyers 27% Actors 26%   Harris 2006 (Partial List)
  10. 11. How to Run for Office <ul><li>Technical & legal details of running for office vary from state-to-state: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check with your local Registrar of Voters or State Board of Elections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What office to run for? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Existing network of supporters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When is the “right time” to run? </li></ul>
  11. 12. Elements of a Political Campaign <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who are you running against? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the key issues facing your district? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data Analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How many votes do you need to win? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is most likely to vote? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Policy Platform </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your position on issues that voters are concerned about? </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Elements of a Political Campaign <ul><li>Messaging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do we present your platform in a clear and concise manner? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What can we say about your opponent’s policies and perspectives? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Direct Voter Contact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knock on doors and make phone calls </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Paid, Earned, and “New” Media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where do people in your district get their information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we get your message out to the press? </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Elements of a Political Campaign <ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a lot of phone calls </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Staff, Consultants, and Volunteers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you need a staff, get a good campaign manager. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many people will find good ways to use your hard earned money. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteers are essential for most campaigns. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. SEA Can Help…sort of <ul><li>As a 501c-3 nonprofit organization, SEA is limited in how it can directly support specific candidates. </li></ul><ul><li>However, SEA makes a variety of resources available to all individuals who are interested in learning the nuts-and-bolts of political campaigns. </li></ul><ul><li>Services Include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Live & Online Training Sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campaign Curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Ask an Expert” Service Online </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Conclusion <ul><li>America needs more scientists & engineers in elected office. </li></ul><ul><li>Scientists & engineers make for highly qualified and appealing political candidates. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the basic information you need is available through SEA. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Contact Information Camron Gorguinpour Executive Director Scientists & Engineers for America (SEA) Phone: 510.381.3998 Email: [email_address]