The 2022 provincial election may be a few years off, and lots of people are deciding if they are going to run or not in the next provincial election. Maybe you are one of those people.

First thing first: do it! You will not regret it. No matter what the results are, in the end, you won’t regret it. In 2018 I made the decision to run for the federal nomination in Kingston and the Islands for the Green Party. Before that, all that went through my head was, what if I can’t get enough people to support me; what if I am too young to do this; do I have the will power to push on when things get bad? These fears continued to go through my head as I put my papers in. Once I did that and announced that I was running, I had people congratulating me and saying they will vote for me; this helps put some of the fears at bay and believe me when you declare, you will get the same type of messages from people.

Build a team that will support you and make your campaign stronger. It was a privilege to have an awesome campaign team that, anytime I was feeling burnout, would refuel me and I would feel like I had just thrown my papers in. I can assure you that your campaign team will do the same for you if you surround yourself with the right people. Right now you have all of these fears because you are excited to run and make your community better. I can tell you: once you start going, those fears leave, mostly because you’re too busy and doing a lot of running around talking to supporters and voters.

So the biggest fear you have is probably, well what if I lose and I waste my time and my campaign team’s time. I can assure you that you won’t, even if you do lose. You will accomplish so much during the campaign trail; you will be surrounded by supporters that believe in you, and you will have to learn so much that you can then use for the next time you run. After a year of campaigning for the federal nomination, I lost by only six votes; at first, it sucked but I was proud of what my campaign accomplished and I learn so much during that time. The experience I made during that campaign will last me a lifetime. I also lost to an amazing woman named Candice Christmas who was a wonderful candidate that ran a campaign that was for the people. Who knows, maybe you will lose, but have a good candidate beat you. Like I said no matter what the outcome is, you will not regret running.

So what are you waiting for, start building your campaign team! Start working on your public speaking skills and get ready for the parties to open up their nominations and take a chance to become your riding’s next MPP. If you are in Kingston and the Islands I look forward to seeing you on the trail!

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