The Gay Vegans

Run for office

It’s been a wild few weeks both in our world and in my world, and while taking breaks from work (fortunately I’ve been super busy) I have had time to read a lot of people’s opinions on social media.

So many opinions.

Some of these opinions seem to be self-righteous, and the majority seem to be based on making the world better and fighting injustice.

From the smallest city/town elected office to the US Senate (or similar office in other countries), activists all over the world have run for political office because they wanted to make a difference. They saw something or experienced something that didn’t go over well with them and got to the point where they wanted to change it. So they ran for office.

I have met amazing people on social media, both through my business and through this blog, who have shared something about their community government that just pisses them off. My typical response is to almost always suggest they run for office. Pissed off about how your child’s school district is treating bullying? Run for office. Completely over how your town handles bike lanes or car traffic? Run for office. Sick and tired of watching amazing people who work hard go completely in debt because of healthcare? Run for office.

At this point, awesome reader, you may be thinking that you could never run for office. It costs a lot of money, you need to fundraise, and it takes a lot of time. These are all true. And I totally think that it can be all worth the while if something has pissed you off, if you want to make change, and you do something that allows you a chance to get the issues that are important to you out to the community.


About Dan Hanley

Gay and vegan in the burbs (of Los Angeles). I blog about veganism, equality, compassion, activism, politics, spirituality, and our awesome life experiences. The "s" includes my husband, Mike! I want this blog to be a tool to build bridges among communities and to inspire people to get involved and vote.

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