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Run for Office!


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Camron Gorguinpour, executive director of Scientists and Engineers for America, talks about running for office as a scientist or engineer candidate.

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Run for Office!

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