Last week, the PILP 11 class talked local politics over breakfast with Barry Finegold, former State Senator for Second Essex and Middlesex District, Massachusetts; John Connolly, Boston mayoral candidate in 2014 and founder of the non-profit 1647; and Michelle Wu, Boston City Councilor At-Large.
Our guest speakers covered a variety of topics and fielded a range of questions from the BBA’s PILP class. Here’s what Barry, John, and Michelle had to say to those interested in public office:
- Establish roots within your community. Get involved in whatever community activity or initiative that interests you.
- Get experience – work on a campaign, learn the ins and outs of running a political campaign, and build your network.
- Contribute to the conversation about your community’s needs. How can you help facilitate the dialogue between legislative work and your neighborhood?
- Be bold, no one has monopoly on a political role.
- The strongest campaign foundation is a concise and meaningful message.
Thank you to Barry, John, and Michelle for making time to chat with the PILP 11 class!