Shaun Kenney has a great post up about some comments made by outgoing Senate Finance Chairman John Chichester. Kenney agrees with Chichester’s assessment that there is very little candidate recruitment taking place. Kenney says we are often quick to promote within the party and usually fail to look outside of the party. He actually makes a great case for why I have started Virginia’s Future Leaders. I have seen the same thing going on for years. Most local party leaders fail to think outside of the box when it comes to candidates. And many times, we get candidates that have very little connection to the community and end up losing because of it.
One aspect of VFL is to identify, recruit and assist candidates in addition to those in the “party pool”. We should be talking to local Chamber’s of Commerce and community based organizations about prospective candidates. Not to say someone from within the party cannot be a good candidate. They can. But, we need to be broader in our search. And remember, good, well-rounded candidates mean more election victories!