Carolyn Long seeks to inspire women to run for office

first_imgCarolyn Long wants to talk about the power of losing. About how campaigning is a journey, not just a destination. About how keeping an eye on the broader reasons for running for office — serving the public, inspiring others, enacting a shared vision — can help keep a loss in perspective.Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go another round.“Even the journey is a win for you. You learn about yourself,” Long said at a training session for current and prospective political candidates hosted by the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Saturday.“Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try again,” Long added. “That’s very important, as well.”During her speech at the training session, the Democrat, who last year lost her campaign against Republican U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, played it coy on whether she’d pursue a 2020 congressional run. She dodged audience questions on if or when she planned to declare another campaign after her 2018 run proved the only serious challenge to Herrera Beutler since the congresswoman was first elected in 2010.But she certainly didn’t rule it out. And she hit the “try, try again” theme pretty hard for someone who isn’t at least considering a second run.Losing, she said, is an opportunity for reflection, “and a time for planning for the future.” It’s also a chance to reconnect with the driving factors that motivated you to run in the first place.last_img read more