256: Why “Unsexy” Elections Matter and How to Get Involved as a Busy Mom // Laney Hawes


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I want to thank you for seeing an episode title that mentioned elections and thinking, “Yeah, I want to listen to this. I can give thirty minutes of my busy week to learning more about this.”

After hosting 3 in 30 for almost five years, I feel like I know the type of women who listens to this show, and we care about the world and want to make it better for our children–for all children. 

And although it might not seem as immediately applicable to your motherhood as an episode on how to manage a tantrum or a rebellious teenager, the political atmosphere and policies in our communities and schools does matter tremendously in our lives and the lives of our children, so thank you for listening in.

Today I am interviewing my dear friend of almost 15 years, Laney Hawes, who is such an incredible example to me of a busy mom who still manages to prioritize civic engagement and community involvement. Laney and I met when our husbands were in school in Buffalo, New York – and I have been blessed by her effusive love for people and her passionate opinions on the world ever since.


  1. Vote in “unsexy” elections, such as primary elections and local elections. Take the time to  educate yourself on the candidates and issues–because the political extremism that is becoming more and more prevalent in our country is largely due to the fact that moderate people often only pay attention to politics during the big “sexy” election seasons, but the candidates and issues that show up on the ballot are determined in those smaller elections. 
  1. Start getting involved in non-partisian politics by attending school board meetings, city council meetings, and town halls, regularly if possible. This is political involvement that is not tied to a particular political party. You can also reach out to your school district and local government offices and ask if there are community committees or ambassador programs you can join. Bring a friend with you if this feels scary or uncomfortable at first-and be prepared to make some wonderful friends along the way as you get more involved in your local government.
  1. Take it a step further and reach out to a political candidate or elected official you respect and ask to help on their campaign or find a local grassroots organization or PAC that fights for issues you care about. 



>>>Are these tips from Laney Hawes helpful? What would you add to the takeaways? Tell us in the comments below.



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