It is easier to spend a few months and some money electing the right people than to spend years and a lot of money trying to get the wrong people to do the right things.
—Senator Debbie Stabenow, MSW
Social workers across the country serve in a range of political institutions, from school boards to city and county offices and state legislatures. There are six social workers in the US House and Senate.
Social workers make good political candidates because they:
- are well educated
- are articulate and experienced in public speaking
- are comfortable at persuasion
- are knowledgeable about their communities
- understand social problems and are committed to social justice
- understand how policies affect individuals and communities
- are attracted to politics through an issue or cause.
- realize they are just as capable as many officeholders.
- see the opportunity to make changes on a broader scale.
- want to provide leadership to improve their community.
Contact NASW at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800/638-8799, ext. 418 for the contact information of other social workers who have run for office.