What Do You Need To Know Before Running For Office?

I don’t think a candidate should be required to publish, explain, or sell his or her platform in advance of running. In fact, I think it would be detrimental to the advancement of knowledge that a candidate had to disclose this information or even the idea, in order to be considered for such a role.

I think it’s extremely dangerous — especially to the future of democracy — to get so caught up in the debate of who has the most to offer, or which ideology “the community wants to get behind.” I believe, the most important piece of knowledge for getting people excited to get involved and to get involved in politics is to find out what is in it for them. They will likely have a lot more to offer to their local community than they think they have.

A candidate’s platform is not an essential thing. Just look at Donald Trump: in all the news, he’s doing so well.  I don’t think it’s good for the country or good for us to be telling people what their candidate will do. We don’t know what he will bring to the table, how his policies will be different from the Republican Party.  

We don’t know if the Trump will change some things. We don’t know if he will turn the country around, or continue and deepen the damage done by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton. This election cycle could potentially be the tipping point for American democracy, the tipping point where an outsider who has never held office before has the freedom to change the culture of these parties and create a new way forward.

I think an informed electorate would be much more engaged in democracy, and much more informed to make the best decisions for all of us.  (I also think a lot of people don’t know what they do need to do, so it just gives them the impression they need to take a step back.)

So why am I doing all this? 

My friends, 

I’m making a new podcast to give people a few hours of new, thought-provoking content. There’ll be political conversations sprinkled throughout the weeks, so you don’t have to be a listener (though I encourage you!) to take part!


Because I’ve seen the world through these two parties for far too long. I feel strongly about the Democratic Party, and about our entire political system generally, and I am deeply worried about both parties.  I want to be a part of the change I support to move this country forward, but I cannot do it as a Republican, because it is fundamentally not conducive to a change in the party. However, if and when that changes, I am 100% committed to working to support that change. You can read about my reasons for wanting to do it all here.

     A message from @TheDaltonRoss: My new podcast, “Let’s Explore,” is here: — Dalton Ross (@DaltonRoss)  June 18, 2016

If you’re not a full-time supporter, I’d highly encourage you to listen to this episode and please share it with others.  If you do support me, I would greatly appreciate you taking the time to do the same.