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Run for Office!

  1. 1. Run
for
Office! Promote
Evidence‐Based
Decision
Making
Through
Ac:ve
Civic
Par:cipa:on April
27,
2010
  2. 2. Overview • About
SEA • A
Brief
Biography • Common
Excuses
for
Not Entering
PoliAcs • The
Need
for
ScienAsts
& Engineers
to
Serve
as
Policy Makers • PoliAcal
Strength
of
the Science
&
Engineering Community • How
to
Run
for
Office • SEA
Can
Help…sort
of • Conclusion
  3. 3. About
SEA • SEA’s
mission
is
to
promote evidence‐based
decision making
at
all
levels
of government. • Key
Programs: – Campaign
Training
& EducaAon – SHARP – RedistricAng – Student
Programs • Led
by
an
accomplished Board
of
Directors
& Advisors
  4. 4. 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
Introduc:on to
Bioastronau:cs
course
at
UC Berkeley • Worked
on
poliAcal
campaigns in
six
states,
including
as
a Campaign
Manager
for
a
House of
Delegates
race
in
Virginia
  5. 5. Common
Excuses
for
Not
Entering
Poli@cs 3
Top
Excuses
for
Not
Entering PoliAcs: •It
won’t
make
a
difference. •Other
people
will
do
it. •I
don’t
have
the
knowledge base. Other
Reasons: •PoliAcs
is
“dirty”. •I
don’t
have
Ame/support from
my
work. •It
takes
too
much
money.
  6. 6. The
Need
for
Scien@sts
&
Engineers
to Serve
as
Policy
Makers • ScienAsts
&
engineers are
uniquely
qualified
to serve
in
elected
office: • Technical
Knowledge Base • Problem
Solving
Skills • A
few
examples • PoliAcizaAon
of
key science
&
engineering policy
issues • Impact
on
America’s economy
  7. 7. Poli@cal
Strength
of
the
Science
& Engineering
Community • In
general,
scienAsts and
engineers
make ideal
poliAcal candidates. • Strong
Public
Trust • The
Public
Values ScienAsts
&
Engineers • Strong
organizaAonal skills
and
raAonal decision
making
  8. 8. Public
Values
Science
&
Engineering Public’s
Percep@on
that
Science’s
Effects
on
Society
are: Mostly
Posi@ve 84% Mostly
Nega@ve 6% Other/Don’t
Know 10% Pew/AAAS
2009 Public’s
Percep@on
of
Professions
that
Contribute
“a
lot”
to
society: Military
Members 84% Teachers 77% Scien@sts 70% Medical
Doctors 69% Engineers 64% Clergy 40% Journalists 38% Ar@sts 31% Lawyers 23% Business
Execu@ves 21% Pew/AAAS
2009
  9. 9. Public
Values
Science
&
Engineering Types
of
People
the
Public
Most
Trusts Types
of
People
the
Public
Least
Trusts to
Generally
Tell
the
Truth: to
Generally
Tell
the
Truth: Doctors 85% Opinion
Pollsters 34% Teachers 83% Trade
Union
Leaders 30% Scien@sts 77% Stockbrokers 29% Police
Officers 76% Lawyers 27% Professors 75% Actors 26% Harris
2006
(Par@al
List) Harris
2006
(Par@al
List)
  10. 10. 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
ElecAons • What
office
to
run
for? • Time • Money • ExisAng
network
of
supporters • Interests • When
is
the
“right
Ame”
to
run?
  11. 11. Elements
of
a
Poli@cal
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
Placorm • What
is
your
posiAon
on
issues
that
voters
are concerned
about?
  12. 12. Elements
of
a
Poli@cal
Campaign • Messaging • How
do
we
present
your
placorm
in
a
clear
and concise
manner? • What
can
we
say
about
your
opponent’s
policies
and perspecAves? • Direct
Voter
Contact • Knock
on
doors
and
make
phone
calls • Paid,
Earned,
and
“New”
Media • Where
do
people
in
your
district
get
their informaAon? • How
can
we
get
your
message
out
to
the
press?
  13. 13. Elements
of
a
Poli@cal
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
essenAal
for
most
campaigns.
  14. 14. SEA
Can
Help…sort
of • As
a
501c‐3
nonprofit organizaAon,
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
poliAcal
campaigns. • Services
Include: • Live
&
Online
Training
Sessions • Campaign
Curriculum • “Ask
an
Expert”
Service
Online
  15. 15. Conclusion • America
needs
more scienAsts
&
engineers
in elected
office. • ScienAsts
&
engineers make
for
highly qualified
and
appealing poliAcal
candidates. • Most
of
the
basic informaAon
you
need
is available
through
SEA.
  16. 16. Contact
InformaAon Camron
Gorguinpour ExecuAve
Director ScienAsts
&
Engineers
for
America
(SEA) Phone:
510.381.3998 Email:
Camron@sefora.org

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