Don Myers grew up in Moses Lake until leaving after high school. After being gone for 7 years, he returned to find his hometown in crisis mode:
“This is my home town. I left to go to school and explore different areas of Washington. I came back after 7 years, excited to be back. But my town was different; gang activity was high. Theft and aggressive violence in the area skyrocketed. I started digging into the political scene and found our city was in a big financial crisis-- shutting down a lot of the recreation programs. The citizens started to get angry with city government, so I offered to help straighten things out.”
Myers knew that defeating his well known, well liked, and well financed incumbent opponent Jason Avila was not going to be easy. Not only was he up against an incumbent, but he had to make it through Washington’s “Top Two” primary since it was a 3-way race.
I asked Don what his best advice would be to other Libertarians looking to get elected and he had a great response, “My best advice would be to stop looking for issues to argue about or how we are different. We need to find common ground and things we can agree on. Connect with people and they will listen and respect you. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything they believe, but don’t dwell on the differences.”
Don has shown great Libertarian Leadership by stepping up and running for office. We had a total of 17 races for the LPWA in 2015. Each and every candidate deserves applause and recognition for their work to advance the cause of liberty. Even though Don won on his first try, that is not usually the case.
It took Libertarian Susan Marie Weber four tries to get elected to the Palm Desert City Council in California. The key is to just go for it! Run for office or take action to help a Libertarian candidate already running near you.
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