Posted by DemocracyKit on 04/24/2017

Eric McGoey, Campaign Manager | How I got started

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Campaign AreaExplore-Campaign Team,

Eric McGoey, Campaign Manager, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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0:03 - How did you first get involved in politics?

I'd worked on a municipal campaign in my hometown of Thunder Bay back in the late 90s early 2000s but I wasn't deeply involved. I was kind of the youth outreach guy for an incumbent mayor and did some campaign related things. But the real municipal experience that I have, that I think is relevant, is more recent and that was in 2014 when a good friend of mine decided to run for City Council and so I volunteered as his campaign manager and worked with him throughout the almost one year of the official campaign from January to the end of October. But also in the lead-up to the campaign preparing for it as well before we officially registered. 

0:56 - What keeps you coming back to campaigning?

I think the fundamental question of politics is would you rather someone else was making the decisions? And anytime your answer to that question is yes then you're off the hook; you don't do anything. You don't have to volunteer, you don't have to donate, you don't have to manage a campaign, you certainly don't have to run. But if your answer is no, if you are unhappy with the quality of the decision-making, you don't like the other team, you think that there's a particular candidate who has the right message or vision or personality to lead then it behooves you to get involved and try to make sure that the right people win.

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