The 43rd General Election is scheduled for October 21, a week after Thanksgiving. Polling data suggests Canadians are expecting a more negative tone to this campaign than previous ones, which is saying something. Yet despite it all, good men and women continue to stand for Parliament. Melissa Mathieson recounts her attempt as a 25-year old to win the Conservative Party nomination in the riding of Macleod (now Foothills), Alberta. She lost, but came away with a new-found respect for politicians who dedicate themselves to the betterment of their communities, as well as the many volunteers and staffers who make our democracy work.