Musings: Running for Office

Today’s topic is: “Would you ever want to run for political office? Why or why not?”

Not in the least. More like “Running AWAY FROM Office” for me.


I actively avoid politics, especially the vile “he-lied, she-lied” that has been filling the media recently. I read that in other countries, candidates are only allowed to start campaigning a handful of weeks before the election and I truly wish that was the case here in the U.S. I think we should spend 3 months listening to debates that have been pre-recorded and then edited for fact checking. After all, why shouldn’t we hear only the truth and base our decision on that? This two-plus-year hullabaloo is completely unnecessary.

I ran for office once. During my senior year in high school, I tried to become class president. Our class had the same president for the first three years and she was running unopposed in the fourth year, so I decided to throw my hat in the ring. I didn’t win. In fact, I’m sure it wasn’t even close. Sure, I made colorful posters that spelled out my qualifications using the letters of my name: P is for Personable… H is for Hard-Working… O is for Observant… And I’m sure I wrote some sort of speech that I can’t remember now. But I wasn’t cut out for campaigning. I hated trying to convince kids I didn’t know to vote for me. (My opponent, Tiffany Griego, was a great student body president and with tons of experience and way better social skills, she deserved to win, again. Not surprisingly, she went on to excel at Stanford and became one of Silicon Valley’s 40 Under 40 in 2015.)


Do you vote YAE or NAY when it comes to politics? Drop me a comment.

~ Phoebe DeCook


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