This evening, I went to a meet-and-greet with one of our gubernatorial candidates. (I swear, this post is more than just an excuse to say “gubernatorial,” but you have to admit, it’s a fun word.) It’s a candidate I really like, and it looks like I might do some work on her campaign.
They’re trying to recruit me as a delegate for the state nominating convention, and I said I might do it. It’s a thing I would be able to do despite the UC, which is cool, and the event was described to me as a Star Trek convention for political nerds. I like sci-fi cons (to which I’ve gone in costume, more than once), and I’m definitely a political nerd, so it sounds right up my alley.
I’ve got to talk to the local field organizer about exactly what’s involved. I know I have to go to my town’s caucus and get elected as a delegate, but I don’t know what’s required beyond that. I know my town elects delegates by ward and possibly even by sub-ward, and I’m guessing it’s fairly competitive in my area because there are a lot of politically involved people. I’m not sure what my chances of getting elected would be, but I figure what the hell. It’s not like I’ve really got anything to lose by trying, and if I don’t get elected, I can still go to the convention as a volunteer.
I’m pretty excited that there’s something major that I can do in spite of my new physical limitations. Over the last few years, I’ve found that political work really increases my self-esteem. I feel smart and capable and valuable, and I feel like I’m doing something that matters. It’s a hell of a lot better than sitting on my couch.