In the last week of 2020, I listed a number of New Year’s resolutions that all conservatives should consider for 2021. Among them were to be informed, to influence good legislation, to monitor your child’s education, and to find your place in the conservative movement. Have you followed through on any of those? In the same spirit, I would like to spend this last week of 2021 with a new list of practical action steps that you can resolve to do in 2022. Obviously, everyone is different. Your personal passions, talents, and schedule might be particularly suited to only one or two of the ideas I share. However, I hope you will find something inspiring this week to carry you into the new year.
Today, I’d like to talk about getting connected. Do you know who your state representative is? What about your local precinct captain? If so, that’s a great first step. Why don’t you take some time this year to ensure that they know your name, too? Most of these low-level officials are eager to engage with constituents. Just call them or their office and try to arrange a meeting. Invite them out for coffee. Whatever you do, try to make it an in-person meeting if at all possible. You want to be sure that they can connect a face with your name.
When you meet, it’s a good idea to have a few topics you want to bring up, but always make sure you ask them about their biggest priorities and what you can do to help them. Do some research to understand what their job is. You may care deeply about making sure the federal Supreme Court doesn’t get packed, but your state representative won’t be able to do much about it. Focus on issues within the scope of his job. Make sure you have a card with your contact information to give. Also, don’t forget to send a thank you card afterward.
You may not be able to call up the governor’s office tomorrow and arrange a private dinner, but introducing yourself to local officials is a small step today that can yield dividends later on. In 2022, resolve to get connected!