Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

We ARE a Success Because of FCS

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

We ARE a Success Because of FCS

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As a follow up to Dr. Nancy Franz's Annual Conference keynote challenging us to tell our FCS stories for maximum impact, here is one of mine. When managing Dick Nichols' congressional campaign, we worked with a consultant, Susan. It was Dick's first time running for public office; I had never imagined working in politics. Susan was our go-to person, providing much guidance. We had a very crowded primary field: seven persons running for the seat.

Mid-summer, Susan was asked, "What background makes the best campaign manager?" Susan's response: "Well, right now, I am working with a couple of campaigns and for one, the campaign manager has a background in development for a hospital and he brings certain skills to the position. Another has a campaign manager with a background in family and consumer sciences education and she brings different skills to the position. The only real difference is that the one with the background in family and consumer sciences serves bran muffins to her volunteers instead of donuts!" Susan shared the conversation with her husband, Jay, who knew us pretty well. He laughed.

The race was really close, especially among the top contenders of which, Dick was one. A debate was called right before the primary election and I knew that how well Dick did in the debate could make or break the election. What could I/we do to help Dick perform well? …

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