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NCDD Member Kai Degner Running for City Council

Andy and I are glued to the TV tonight, as I’m sure many of you are, waiting to see who our next U.S. President will be.

But many others are running for various offices as well – including NCDD member Kai Degner, who is running for City Council in the town of Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Some of you met Kai at the last NCDD conference in Austin, or at NCDD 2006 in San Francisco.  He’s a young, focused, high-energy dynamo who created the concept of the OrangeBand.  Andy just checked, and he currently has more votes for city council than any of the 7 others who are running.

I think it’s safe to project that our Kai will win his well-earned position.  You can keep track of his progress at  www.dnronline.com/election_results_hb.php if you’d like. Congratulations, Kai!

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. kai says:

    Thanks for checking in on this, Sandy and Andy! It's exciting, motivating, and humbling all at the same time to have received the most votes in each of the five precincts in Harrisonburg.

    While every candidate ran on a "smart growth" platform, I especially emphasized increased public participation. That message clearly resonated and I credit the NCDD community to giving me the tools to show people here what's possible.

    I'm 28 and could afford donating $275 to my campaign – and I won big on a process agenda. Let that be an inspiration to any NCDDers thinking about running for local office! Do it!

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