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Municipal or Federal?

  1. megs78 profile image60
    megs78posted 5 years ago

    Ok, I am in need of some advice from you all.  First of all, I am a mother of 3 kids (9,8 and 3) and an ESL teacher and  recently, I have been been thinking a lot about my future and trying to make a decision on what I want to be for the rest of my life.  Coincidentally, I have had some offers in the political arena and am just wondering what you think about it.  First of all, I am an english, bilingual woman living in a french community and have been approached to run for town council.  At the same time, I am being asked by my federal political party to do this and that (unclear what they want at the moment, but most people are suggesting preparation for election), and I'm not sure where i am best suited or what I should do.  I told the mayor that my kids were still too young for me to consider a career in demanding municipal government, but I'm not sure that I would say no to a career in federal politics.  what would you all do???  I still have my day job, and its a good one, but my real love is  writing and writing and writing.  However, I still would like to exercise my political passion.  I need some angles and ideas.  Needless to say, hubby is not thrilled that I may take the plunge...

    1. dutchman1951 profile image60
      dutchman1951posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      if you do check all of your background stuff real good and be prepaired to defend it, and make sure Hubby has nothing in the closet, because oponents will attack anything that looks suspicious.

      Sense you are , it seems, politicaly astute and with connections, and you teach and have resources. maybe a Political think tank page and write as you say about it.

      Run your sources and write for a living. Might be much easier on the Kids and less scrutiny.  Or Write for the Party you belong to, or a specific candidate, might lead to an office position if She or He gets in.

      Or do Your own Political page and site. Local Politics, information for voters, sting articles, etc... might be rewarding also.  Do Both- teach part time, write full, or vice versa.

      just  thoughts.   Best wishes to you    smile

  2. megs78 profile image60
    megs78posted 5 years ago

    great thoughts, thank you very much.  of course, this would all be easier if it were in my own language.  very hard to write and speak in a second language to try and get the the native speakers to buy it.  yes its been done, and i'm working on it, but not quite there yet smile

  3. megs78 profile image60
    megs78posted 5 years ago

    oh yeah, no skeletons to speak of, we are quite an open family, well-known, small-town folk...don't have many worries in that arena...yet wink

  4. megs78 profile image60
    megs78posted 5 years ago

    oh yeah, no skeletons to speak of, we are quite an open family, well-known, small-town folk...don't have many worries in that arena...yet wink

  5. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years ago

    Hey Megs...some folks wanting to break into provincial or federal politics sometimes step into a municipal role first to gain recognition.  The roles are very different however as you probably know.  Municipal remuneration is usually not very high for a full-time commitment - they say it's part-time but it isn't if you are focused on the role as a stepping stone and/or continuing on for another term - people will be able to tell too that you don't plan on being around for long, if they are smart.  It is also best to keep political affiliation out of municipal politics as well.  Provincial and federal roles expect that you are available 24 hours - 7 days a week - Ouch!...and i guess muncipal too!...get yourself 2 telephones.

    I have a few friends in all levels of politics - I do know you lose your privacy in any of the roles and folks expect you to be available to listen to their woes - so....listening about garbage collection or what your neighbour is building without a permit, and or you might even get a call about a stray cat...but you have to listen and respond somehow.  And then finally, you have to be able to handle the news articles and criticism - because criticism will always be there.

    It's a big decision to make - with municipal you won't have to travel much, but you'll be busy.  With provincial and federal - there is lots of travel.  I think the biggest dilemma and barrier for young women with a family at home is the loss of privacy and the time commitment required.

    Good luck though!...sounds interesting to me big_smile...i luv politics!  The Cons are looking for newbies because of the all the new NDP seats - so gettin' ready for the next election in what, 4 years?

  6. megs78 profile image60
    megs78posted 5 years ago

    Hey thanks Someway!  I actually do think that I will wait until my kids are older before I start a career in politics and just use the time to learn more about it. thanks for your advice.  i love politics too and get excited thinking about a future in them.  i hope i will  have the courage and thick enough skin to manage it smile and I live in the only county in the country that doesn't have a conservative candidate, and who hasn't had one for the last two elections so there is more pressure on the cons to get one.  we shall see... smile