Go Beyond the Vote is all about demystifying the process of participating in your local government. Want to run for office at your city, county, or state-level but don’t know where and how to start? This podcast is for you. Our mission is to encourage everyone to lead the change they want to see in their communities by engaging in local boards, commissions, and committees. Let’s get started.
#11 How should local government officials think about the future of civic engagement? Cheryl Hughes
Cheryl Hughes is a civic architect and a thought leader in civic engagement. As a consultant, she works with local and national organizations to design and implement programs and initiatives that foster and measure engagement and impact.
In this podcast she talks about:
What exactly is a “civic architect?” What might people be surprised to learn about civic engagement at the local level? How should local government officials think about the future of civic engagement? How can people in local government ensure that marginalized voices are heard? How can they build trust in their communities? What are your best pieces of advice for anyone looking to engage more in their local government and communities?You can connect with Cheryl at:
#10 Discover what a city clerk does on a day-to-day basis to keep your city running flawlessly?| Katherine Glass
Katherine K. Glass, a Hampton native, has been the Clerk of the Hampton City Council since 2005. During that time, she has worked to utilize technology (agenda management software, video-streaming, etc.) to expand citizen access to information, as well as to achieve greater efficiency and cost-savings. Much of her work as Clerk has focused on ways to better involve citizens in serving Hampton through boards and commissions.
In this podcast, she discusses:
Her back storyClerk's day to day dutiesWhat makes her successful at her role How to get younger residents involved in local government, and How to change resident's perception about local government
#9 How to Get Gen Z Involved in Boards and Commissions | ELGL
Kirsten Wyatt is the executive director and co-founder of ELGL, and a co-host of the GovLove podcast. She also serves as an elected school board member for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Previously, she served as Assistant City Manager of West Linn, Oregon.
In this podcast, she talks about:
Getting younger generation involved in boards and commissions and government jobs. Her journey for running and winning the seat for the school board. How to promote change and organization that wants to do things differently?How to get buy-in into your programs?Omni-channel communication - What, how and the why?Contact her at: https://elgl.org/
#8 Breaking Barriers for Parents Running for Office | Vote Mama Foundation
Vote Mama Foundation, a non-profit working toward gender equity by breaking down the structural and cultural barriers mothers face while running for office, has launched an aggressive campaign to enact the use of Campaign Funds for Childcare for state and local elections in all 50 states by 2023.
Vote Mama Foundation founder and CEO Liuba Grechen Shirley was the first woman to receive federal approval to spend Campaign Funds for Childcare during her Congressional run in 2018. Eleven states have enacted legislation, and Vote Mama Foundation is partnering with 18 states in 2021.
You will learn about:
Liuba's journey leading to the start of this campaignWhy this matters to communities across the nationChallenges in getting it passedHow this helps first-time candidatesWhat comes nextHow YOU can get involved
#7 Journey of a black, lesbian activist running for NYC Council District 9
Kristin Richardson Jordan (KRJ) is a third-generation Harlemite who has known Harlem since she was four months old. She is the daughter of Dr. Lynne Richardson and Dr. Desmond Jordan, two minority physicians trained at the historic Harlem Hospital.
Kristin is passionate about social justice, and the history, politics, and culture(s) of all people generally and Black people in particular.
In this podcast, Kristen talks about:
How did she get interested in civic engagement and running for City Council?Her goals for serving on the NYC city council?What did she learn during her campaign? Her advice to others who are interested in running for office?
#6 Proven Ideas and Methodologies to Get the Youth Involved in Local Government | Steve McShane
In this episode, Steve shares examples and creative ideas, such as getting a musician, to increase engagement on his younger constituents in boards and commissions.
Steve McShane is the Salinas City Councilman and currently serves as Chair of the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments and the Monterey Bay Air Resources District. Steve is the Salinas Valley Food and Wine Festival founder and the Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit.
Tom Spengler interviews Steve; Tom is the CEO of Rock Solid Technologies with the mission to partner with local governments to amplify civic engagement. Previously, as the founding CEO at Granicus, Tom led the company from 0 to 1,300 customers, becoming the market leader in cloud software for the government.
Connect with them on LinkedIn:
Steve McShane: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemcshane/Tom Spengler: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomspengler/
Great podcast - will inspire anyone to get involved in their local government
WOW - Love it
Being a woman of color this is very informative for me and glad to see PrimeGov is starting the Go Beyond the Vote initiative and the podcast to highlight women’s voice who are running for the office.
Love this podcast
Really amazing piece of advice for anyone looking to run for local office.