Why would someone ever want to run for office, and how on earth do you run a political campaign during a global pandemic and a social justice re-awakening? Join Laura Gassner Otting on this episode of LGOtv: Big Talk as she interviews Jesse Mermell – Congressional Candidate, Judy Garland Enthusiast, and Dog Mom.

2:04 – Who is Jesse Mermell?

2:58 – Why on earth would anybody put themselves out there to run for office right now?

4:03 – You have to be an optimist to be engaged in your community.

6:24 – Jesse is a huge Judy Garland fan.

9:42 – You are a manager, and that’s a compliment.

15:30 – The hardest working candidate?

16:02 – How has COVID-19 affected your campaign?

18:29 – That sad state of Equal Pay in the United States.

22:48 – If you were a man, how would things be different?

28:22 – Issues speed round.

37:21 – What is it going to take for COVID-19 recovery?

39:03 – We need to look at every policy issue through the lens of racial justice.

41:01 – Taking on Trump.

43:00 – Campaigning during COVID-19.

49:00 – How can people support Jesse Mermell today? www.jessemermell.com

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jm-…

Social Links Instagram: @jmermell Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jesse4MA

LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/in/jesse-mer…

Twitter: @jessemermell

Washington Post Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote speaker, Laura Gassner Otting, inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentations make listeners think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their limited scope of belief. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges. She leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing and mentoring others.

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