Somebody’s Gotta Do It: Why Cursing at the News Won’t Save the Nation, But Your Name on a Local Ballot Can

Holt. Mar. 2020. 240p. ISBN 9781250247636. $24.99. POL SCI
Martini (Hillbilly Gothic) decided to run for the Otsego (NY) County Board in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Here she recounts the steps she took to get her name on the ballot, and the process she followed to decide what issues to promote in her campaign. The author describes her tireless effort of knocking on doors and holding meet and greets in order to secure the District 12 seat. Martini stresses that every race is different; her book isn’t necessarily a guide on how to run for office. However, she wants to show why local offices are often the ones that have the most impact on peoples’ lives. Martini describes how difficult it can be to enact change, even in a small county, and provides insight into the complexities of government operations.
VERDICT Using humor and anecdotes, Martini shows the importance of running for local office and helps provide a broader understanding of local government. Readers interested in learning about government organization and policy, and those who might want to run for office one day will enjoy the insights and lessons offered throughout.

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