Vote for Alexandria Knox 2020

I am Alexandria Knox. I am running in 2020 to be your State Representative in the 26th Legislative District of Rockingham, Portsmouth Ward 2 New Hampshire, and I thank you for considering me. I am strongly committed to bipartisanship and principled leadership. I encourage you  to explore my website to find  out more about my campaign, check out where I stand on the issues, and learn how you can become part of our important  campaign team. Team Knox would love to have you volunteer with us. Thank you for visiting! Please get in touch.

Top Tips for Young People Considering Running for Office

While this is only my second race, I wanted to answer many questions that I have been receiving about running as a younger candidate. I also have had the opportunity to mentor a younger student majoring in political science this semester, so it has been really a neat experience. Here is some advice I have been given and things I am learning along the way.

1. Never let your age discourage you.
You will have people say that you do not have the experience. The most important thing to remember is that you just need a desire to serve others and a passion for helping your community. Experience will come. Start out with the smaller races first, like your local city races, and then learn from that. Never give up if you lose a race. Take the loss and make it a learning experience to improve upon for your next run.
2. Never let your opponents or the media define you.
If you face a challenge or you are not the typical candidate in your race, turn your differences into positives. I for example am a young woman that was born with complete vision loss. It is a difference and a challenge, but never something that defines me. You want to always get in front of anything that you might have used against you and turn it into a positive. In my case I say yes I have this challenge, but we all face challenges each day, and it is how we overcome these challenges that matters. Then from that you can move on to discussing how you will help your constituents. Never let the media or anyone else stay on discussing you. You are running not for yourself, but to help your city, state, or nation.
3. The best advice I was given is, if you put serving others first, anything is possible.
Whether you are running for city council, state rep, Congress, or Senate, remember that you do not have opponents. It is not about winning the race, it is about getting a seat to help the constituents we want to serve.
4. Never go negative during your campaign. Voters, your future constituents will see right through it, and it is not worth winning an election to hurt people or tear them down.
It goes back to remembering that we do not have opponents. We are each running our own race. Let the voters decide. Always stay positive and talk about how you want to help your constituents. Even if someone else goes negative against you, always keep positive and stay on message. Negative campaigns do not win, or if they do, the elected official usually does not last long and is there for the wrong reasons.
5. Find good, solid mentors and role models that will be there to encourage you and help you throughout your consideration process and when you decide to make it official and run.
I found mine through campaign internships, volunteering, and attending my local political Party’s events. It is these mentors that will help shape you as a candidate. But in the end, it will be up to you to determine how you want to present yourself to your future constituents, the voters. It is up to you to research what issues are affecting your community. Make sure that you listen to the people you are seeking to represent, and research all you can about the issues important to them.
6. Be careful of organizations that send you surveys after you file to run. Only complete these surveys if you are familiar with the organization and can answer the questions the best way possible. These surveys can be used against you later on if the group is not happy with your answers. Never just answer a survey or sign a pledge just to get endorsements or campaign funding. If you are a candidate of real integrity and committed to serving, you do not need any of that. Voters will come to you. People can see who is just running for the title or another reason. Run for the right reasons, and it will show through your campaign message, how you enteract with your fellow citizens, and your actions and words.
7. Learn all you can.
Yes, it sounds straight-forward, but I cannot express how important it is to gain as much knowledge as possible before you run. Read as many books as you can find from political leaders that you admire. Attend as many political events as possible. Volunteer and take internships and other opportunities. These experiences will pave the way for you to develop a strong campaign when you are ready to run. Remember that it is not required to have a degree or any kind to run for office, but it can be helpful.
Some organizations I recommend are Vote Run Lead, Local Victory, and the Leadership Institute.
8. Never let anyone get in your head.
This means, believe in yourself and trust only those you know very well. When you are a younger candidate, sometimes people will try to take advantage of this fact and lead you on the wrong path. It again goes back to building a solid network of role models and mentors that you trust. It is also important to have your family involved in your planning. They will be a huge help to your success if they are supportive. I am blessed that my family is extremely supportive of my run for office. Without that, it would be much more difficult.
9. Keep an open mind at all times.
This does not mean that you should change your beliefs on the issues. Constituents need to know that they are heard and understood. I learned about all political parties, factions, and how each one views issues. I also, if time permits, go door to door to people that might not be likely to vote for me. This is because if I am elected, I will be representing them as well, not just the people that voted for me.
10. Always be professional on social media, and do not fall for bait or fee the trolls.
What we as candidates and future leaders say on social media stays on there forever. You have to ask yourself, how do I want my future constituents to view me. While it might be fun for a second to get involved in an online debate about an issue of which you are very passionate, it is not worth it. Remember too that candidate trackers are not just at physical events these days. They are looking at your online presence as a candidate for any gaffes or quotes that can be used against you later in the campaign. If you have any old pictures or maybe some things you did in your past that you regret, go through your social media profiles and ensure they are polished before making your announcement to run.
11. Civility and decorum are the keys to success if you want to help constituents and work to find real solutions to the problems your community is facing.
It is important to always remain calm and professional, even when the other person or group of people may be getting upset. People will be looking to you to be a leader. It is especially important to remember this when you are working with the media. Be prepared for questions or comments meant to distract you or get you off message. Develop your message should be one of the first steps you take when you decide to run. If you have a solid message, remain calm and professional no matter how tough the questions or comments become, you will come out on top. You might not win every time, but it is never a reason to give up. Someone once told me, there are plenty of critics, but very few candidates. If you are running for the right reasons to serve others, win or lose, you will help inspire others.
My fellow younger candidates, I wish you all the best. Let me know if I can ever help in any way. I hope this advice has been helpful. I know how difficult it was for me when I first started out in this journey.

Why I am Asking for Your Vote

Why I’m Running in 2020

I’m inspired to run for State Representative because I want to give back to the community that has done so much for me. My community has been extremely accepting and inspires me to live everyday beyond limits. My personal story helped shape these aspirations. I happened to have complete vision loss due to having been born three months premature. Though I face this challenge, it does not define me but only gives me a stronger drive to serve others. This experience as a person with a disability makes me better able to listen and help the constituents I am running to represent overcome challenges. I believe we can overcome anything we face when we work together. I believe in listening to all constituents on both sides of the aisle and working together for positive outcomes. Divisiveness is destroying our society, and it is time for civility, decorum, and integrity to return to government. Though we have made great strides in ensuring true equality in the legislative process, some constituents are still not being represented by the lawmakers elected to serve them, and it is time for that to change. I believe people with disabilities deserve representation on both sides of the aisle, inclusion in all aspects of community life, and respect.

I grew up raised by a mother that always believed in me. I have always admired her strength and perserverence. She worked several jobs while raising a child with special needs. She did not believe in taking government benefits, because she wanted to ensure they were available for those most in need. My mother always taught me that my disability did not have to define me and to never let it hold me back from accomplishing my goals. She fought for me throughout my childhood so that I could have a bright, successful future. She raised me with the courage to defy society’s limitations and live beyond the expectations held for those of us with unique challenges. She taught me to always stand up for what is right and to never be silent about what matters even if it means it will not be easy. She instilled in me the values of working hard, principled leadership, courage, and determination. I have had the opportunity to travel and gain a perspective of other states, and these opportunities have shown me all that New Hampshire has to offer. These experiences have given me insight into how to better serve my community. I am running to help ensure our state remains a place of freedom for everyone, a community where citizens are valued and treated with compassion, and where anything is possible. I am committed to ensuring taxes remain low, dedicated to helping small and large business be successful, and to strengthening our state’s economy by making sure everyone is able to reach for their dreams without all the red tape.

I believe the increasing focus on Party labels is standing in the way of the ability for legislatures to solve problems, and that the polarized political climate in the country today is getting the way of finding solutions to the challenges we face as a state. I believe people should come before politics, and that it is not always about Party. Our representatives should always strive to work across the aisle for changes that benefit the entire community. I may have been born without sight, but I have a vision for the people I am running to represent. That vision is opportunity for all, individual freedom, prosperity, and an affective government that values what constituents have to say at all levels of the political process. I am a Republican, but if I am elected as your representative, you as a constituent will be my priority, regardless of Party. Elected officials should represent every constituent. Thank you for considering me, and it would be an honor to earn your vote and trust.