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Run for Office!

Run for Office!






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    Run for Office! Run for Office! Presentation Transcript

    • Run for Office! Promote Evidence-Based Decision Making Through Active Civic Participation April 27, 2010
    • Overview
      • About SEA
        • A Brief Biography
      • Common Excuses for Not Entering Politics
      • The Need for Scientists & Engineers to Serve as Policy Makers
      • Political Strength of the Science & Engineering Community
      • How to Run for Office
      • SEA Can Help…sort of
      • Conclusion
    • About SEA
      • SEA’s mission is to promote evidence-based decision making at all levels of government.
      • Key Programs:
        • Campaign Training & Education
        • SHARP
        • Redistricting
        • Student Programs
      • Led by an accomplished Board of Directors & Advisors
    • About Camron Gorguinpour
      • B.A. Physics & Astrophysics, UC Berkeley
      • PhD Bioengineering, UC Berkeley [as of May 2010]
      • Created and managed one nonprofit and two public charter schools prior to joining SEA
      • Designed & taught Introduction to Bioastronautics course at UC Berkeley
      • Worked on political campaigns in six states, including as a Campaign Manager for a House of Delegates race in Virginia
    • Common Excuses for Not Entering Politics
      • 3 Top Excuses for Not Entering Politics:
      • It won’t make a difference.
      • Other people will do it.
      • I don’t have the knowledge base.
      • Other Reasons:
      • Politics is “dirty”.
      • I don’t have time/support from my work.
      • It takes too much money.
    • The Need for Scientists & Engineers to Serve as Policy Makers
      • Scientists & engineers are uniquely qualified to serve in elected office:
        • Technical Knowledge Base
        • Problem Solving Skills
      • A few examples
      • Politicization of key science & engineering policy issues
      • Impact on America’s economy
    • Political Strength of the Science & Engineering Community
      • In general, scientists and engineers make ideal political candidates.
        • Strong Public Trust
        • The Public Values Scientists & Engineers
      • Strong organizational skills and rational decision making
    • 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
    • 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)
    • How to Run for Office
      • Technical & legal details of running for office vary from state-to-state:
        • Check with your local Registrar of Voters or State Board of Elections
      • What office to run for?
        • Time
        • Money
        • Existing network of supporters
        • Interests
      • When is the “right time” to run?
    • Elements of a Political Campaign
      • Research
        • Who are you running against?
        • What are the key issues facing your district?
      • Data Analysis
        • How many votes do you need to win?
        • Who is most likely to vote?
      • Policy Platform
        • What is your position on issues that voters are concerned about?
    • Elements of a Political Campaign
      • Messaging
        • How do we present your platform in a clear and concise manner?
        • What can we say about your opponent’s policies and perspectives?
      • Direct Voter Contact
        • Knock on doors and make phone calls
      • Paid, Earned, and “New” Media
        • Where do people in your district get their information?
        • How can we get your message out to the press?
    • Elements of a Political Campaign
      • Fundraising
        • Create a budget
        • Make a lot of phone calls
      • Staff, Consultants, and Volunteers
        • If you need a staff, get a good campaign manager.
        • Many people will find good ways to use your hard earned money.
        • Volunteers are essential for most campaigns.
    • SEA Can Help…sort of
      • As a 501c-3 nonprofit organization, SEA is limited in how it can directly support specific candidates.
      • However, SEA makes a variety of resources available to all individuals who are interested in learning the nuts-and-bolts of political campaigns.
      • Services Include:
        • Live & Online Training Sessions
        • Campaign Curriculum
        • “ Ask an Expert” Service Online
    • Conclusion
      • America needs more scientists & engineers in elected office.
      • Scientists & engineers make for highly qualified and appealing political candidates.
      • Most of the basic information you need is available through SEA.
    • Contact Information Camron Gorguinpour Executive Director Scientists & Engineers for America (SEA) Phone: 510.381.3998 Email: [email_address]