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Exchange Exemplar: Breaking Into Politics On A Small Scale: 'Bears And Ballots'

Like a lot of people, Heather Lende got inspired by the calls to go beyond watching politics and actually take part. So she ran for a seat on the borough assembly--think city council--of Haines, Alaska.

It's a small and remote place without a lot of people, but those people can get into heated political arguments just like people anywhere else in America. Heather even ended up the target of a recall campaign.

She tells her story of holding office in Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics.

This marks a return visit to the JX for Heather Lende, who visited to talk about obituaries and her book Find The Good a few years back.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.