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Don't just complain about it: Run for office, union suggests



It's election season, and once again we're hearing school employees complain that many current office holders haven't done much to help public education.

Griping is one thing. Doing something about it is quite another.

So the United School Employees of Pasco has sent out a note to members offering this approach - if you're dissatisfied with your elected officials, step up and run yourself. There's training available. It comes under the auspices of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor, which USEP president Lynne Webb heads as president.

Have you had enough with politicians who don’t listen to the average person? Have you ever thought about running for an elected office such as city council, school board, county commission, state house or state senate? Do you ever wonder what you will need to do to win, or how you even get on the ballot?

Well, the West Central Florida Federation of Labor will hold an informational training where you will learn about fundraising, grassroots organizing, basics to getting on the ballot and more. The goal of this training is for you to see what it takes to be a successful candidate and possibly get invited to a more intense candidate training in the future.

Last election cycle, several officials including Rep. John Legg, R-New Port Richey, ran without any opposition even as they supported key legislation that many educators did not back. The filing date is fast approaching. Anyone out there planning to run?

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 2:54pm]


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