Posted by DemocracyKit on 03/17/2017

Ange Valentini, Campaign Manager | Pitfalls of a new candidate

Video TypeInterview
Campaign AreaExplore-Candidate,
GroupsWomen in politics,

Ange Valentini, Campaign Manager, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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0:00 - What are the pitfalls of a new candidate?

One of the pitfalls that I find a little unfortunate and a little bit heartbreaking is when you're talking through the process with somebody who's exploring running for office and when you talk about the realities that you're going to face and you're trying to see if based on the issue or the prop - the value proposition they want to bring to their voters, to government, and you- I have decided that this person is awesome and they're going to be great, and then at the end of the day when they've waited it out, when they decide they're not going to do it because they feel like... Because they've decided they're not big enough or that they probably can't change the world... Because it's actually that act of bravery and putting yourself out is so critical to, like, it makes it possible. It is, it is the art of the possible and so then the number of times I have worked with people who, or, or been in community with people who are like "ah but I would have been such a great mayor, why didn't I run for mayor?" Or, or, or I say to them like "you were in the right spot, that could have been yours, why didn't you put yourself out there?" and they're like, they've been waiting for someone to tap them on the shoulder and ask them; waiting for someone else to externally validate that they're the, they're the right person and they could do it and people just believing that they're smaller than they are. But I think that when your values are aligned, when your heart's in the right place, when you're passionate about something, that, that is infectious and that pulls together the team and that's actually how we change the course of history.

1:53 - An example of a successful campaign

In 2014, I worked on the Liberal campaign in Toronto-Danforth, which was Jack Layton's - the NDP stronghold that was Jack Layton's riding. And if you look at what pundits from coast to coast to coast were saying about that riding and was that regardless of what the entire electorate did in the whole country, that Toronto Danforth would probably remain an NDP riding, that there was nothing that was going to shift that. And then there were people who speculated well, like maybe that that riding could be a Liberal riding if, if you had a superstar candidate. And the sitting Member of Parliament Toronto-Danforth right now is Julie Dabrusin and she is go- incredibly smart, a ton of integrity deep community roots, tremendously authentic and I can tell you that going into the election, if you didn't, if you didn't live in in her actual part of the riding, her neighbourhood, you probably didn't know who she was. And and she won that election. She worked really hard, she was relentless, she was committed. Her family had her back on it and, you know, it's cold and rainy in the fall and I said you gotta knock on thirty thousand doors and she went out every day and knocked on thirty thousand doors, like and, and that's actually how you pull it off. It's, it's, it's not, it's, it's kind of insanely simple but it's, it's the hard work that delivers the win and sometimes you just got to take the risk if you really believe in the cost.

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