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As we’ve been working hard developing policies to improve lives and plans to implement them, we’ve had an opportunity to spend the last two weeks reviewing some of your answers to what’s got you hopeful for the future. A common thread that’s stuck out to many of us is how many good people in our lives are planning to run for office.

From workers who want to see a thriving local economy, to mothers fighting for inclusive and effective education, to young Americans ushering in a new generation of ideas and everyone between, our loved ones and neighbors can and should make a difference in our lives in government (and so should you!).

LPI Executive Director Nicholas Sarwark’s newest article is all about running for office for change, win or lose. A campaign that’s focused purely on specific issues and solutions will win among like-minded voters, and even if that doesn’t secure a victory, a candidate could have their issues co-opted by the winner (and potentially earn themselves an appointment to a commission to implement it) as an incentive to remove a possible opponent in the future. See Nick's article below:

Stand for Change: Solve real world problems by running for office

No matter where you live, there is something that could be better. Housing is too expensive. Schools are failing students. People are dying from opioid abuse. What are we going to do about it?We can sign petitions, make conscious consumer choices, talk to our friends and neighbors, attend a protest, write letters to the editor, or just complain on social …

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Stand for Change: Solve real world problems by running for office
On the policy front, LPI Operations Director Richard Manzo writes on the housing market’s inability to meet the demands of the consumers and a creative solution using existing zoning plans called mixed-density zoning. Candidates for change who run for their town councils championing this issue could earn themselves a seat on their zoning board (if it’s an appointed office) or secure votes among those who are concerned about the sustainability of the current market or a tightening property tax base. Check out Richard's article:

Free the Housing Market From Zoning

Despite the major leaps forward in the economic growth of the past fifty years, generational homeownership has been on the decline since the Baby Boom generation. The rental market is steeped with low vacancy rates at just 6.2% nationally with extreme dips in major cities and economic hubs. Despite the demand for entry-level units, both from investors to rent out …

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Free the Housing Market From Zoning
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