Now is the time for you to work hard for the candidates of your choice. Roll up your sleeves and get to work.
Here are some of the advantages to you of campaign work right now.
You may be crucial to a win for a good candidate in a close race.
Win or lose, you will gain valuable experience.
No matter what your future activity in the public policy process, campaign work is a durable credential.
It's a surefire way for you to make useful contacts.
It's often a lot of fun.
Be careful what you commit to do; then do it well. Under-promise and over-perform.
In short, if you're not active in a campaign now, find and contact a candidate whom you like. Volunteer and follow through.
This short piece was first published in a September 18, 1992 mailing to Leadership Institute graduates.