Your Personal Guide to Winning Public Office

Non-Fiction - Gov/Politics
216 Pages
Reviewed on 07/18/2014
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Author Biography

State Senator Marian Walsh has never lost an election. Beginning
with her first run for the Massachusetts House of Representatives in
1988 as a political unknown, Walsh was re-elected to a second term
then went on to serve nine consecutive terms in the Massachusetts
State Senate until 2011. She was the first woman to hold her House
and Senate seats and also held ranking positions, including Majority
Whip. She was nominated for the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile
in Courage Award, honoring those in public service "who, acting in
accord with their conscience, risk their careers by pursing a larger
vision." A former chief administrative officer for the Suffolk County
District Attorney's Office, Walsh is also an attorney. She was graduated
from the Newton College of the Sacred Heart, Suffolk University
Law School and Harvard Divinity School. Currently a public affairs
consultant and leadership coach as well as a lecturer of ethics and
leadership at Northeastern University, Walsh resides in Massachusetts
with her husband, Paul V. Buckley.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite

Run: Your Personal Guide to Winning Public Office by Senator Marian Walsh is an informative guide that lays out the necessary tools for candidacy, perfect for first-timers or re-elections, candidate supporters and informed voters. Each detailed chapter explains the political process in layman’s terms, while motivating positive change from challenging work. As a seasoned public servant who never lost an election, Walsh describes her own professional experiences as an attorney, public affairs consultant, ethics lecturer and the first female elected to her seat. At the heart of her insightful message is a belief in self, knowing what issues matter and how to cultivate the qualities needed to live citizenship. This how-to book categorizes the reasons to become a candidate and how to bring people of different points of view together. It studies the fast-moving campaign facets, voter lists, polls, fundraisers, phone banks, standouts, speeches, marketing literature and public appearances with breadth and believability.

Senator Marian Walsh in Run: Your Personal Guide to Winning Public Office leaves no stone unturned in the navigation of a race to public office that zigzags. Walsh stresses the importance of connecting with the people, learning from the past and using mentors as an example of leadership. I found her heart-warming perspective to be non-egotistical and other-oriented, which is why Senator Walsh has been an effective leader. This easy-to-read manual is nothing short of spectacular in its heroic honesty about how to win a political race. Anyone thinking about running for office, even on a local level, should pick up a copy today!

Ed Burns

I've been a political junkie since I was old enough to hold a campaign sign. Sen. Walsh ' s book "Run" is the most useful how - to book on running a winning campaign I've ever come across.