How They Won: Three Wheelchair Users Share Stories About Their Election to Office

By Seth McBride

Why do 15-year-old nephews and 9-year-old daughters make good campaign aides? Because they’re willing to knock on doors. And as anyone who’s been shaken down by an elementary school popcorn salesman knows: It’s hard to say no to a kid.

Of all the barriers to running for office as a wheelchair user — misplaced metaphors aside — the most pervasive is front steps. There is no substitute for old-fashioned door-to-door canvasing, especially when you’re campaigning at the local level. But private residences, you may have noticed, usually have steps.

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