Running for Elected Office (Maybe)  

CravesChocolate 57M
81 posts
8/9/2006 11:02 pm

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Running for Elected Office (Maybe)

I have been contacted by a group of concern citizens that have urged me to make a run for City Council in my new home of just over two years.

My initial reaction was to reject the idea out of hand. My own personal opinion on this is two fold:

First, I have never had any political ambitions toward any elected office. I have been a life long activist and I have learned from that experience that it is easier, more powerful and effective to speak truth to power as a political activist than a politician. As an activist your words are not challenged as having a personal agenda for personal gain. Politicians are always accused as saying whatever it takes to get elected.

Secondly, I do not see myself as in a position to win this seat at this time. To start with, I do not personally have the financial resources to finance a campaign with signs, buttons, bumper stickers, advertising, and other advertising that is necessary to win an elected office. More importantly, experience has taught me that when you make a practice of speaking truth to power, you usually make more enemies than friends. The existing power structure always controls the media and the means to get their message out more effectively than you can.

Still I was open to the arguments being put forward as to why I should set those issues aside and make a run for the Council anyway. Those arguments were as follows:

1. I'm a Democrat. The makeup of the existing council has been dominated by Republicans with the sole exception of one elderly Democrat woman. As the President of a Democratic Club and a Delegate from the County Central Committee, I am a prominent and vocal representative of the Democratic Party. Democrats enjoy a slight majority within the registered voters this City of 22,000. At the least, my candidacy will be an indicator of how much the Democrat label will pull votes.

2. Give voters a choice. I have been quite vocal in where I stand on certain issues. I attend every City Council meeting that I am able. Most of the other candidates are people who stand on the opposite side of those issues from me. In the last election in June, we had two Republicans running against each other that were deeply divided on the issues. This time around their will be Republicans running that are largely in agreement with each other on the issues.

3. Unite Democrats. By increasing my visibility there is hope that my candidacy will bring more attention to the existence of our Democratic Club and motivate local Democrats to join the Club and get involved in Democratic issues.

4. Get the issues out! As a candidate, you are able to participate in any candidate debates that are scheduled. In addition, there is usually some candidate statements that are put in the local paper. The campaign platforms are issues that are given attention that exposes voters to those issues that are important and need voter attention.

All of these arguments that were put forth to convince me to run are the reasons that made me conclude that a run would succeed in getting the word out, whether or not I was successful in my race. So quite reluctantly I have agreed to throw my hat in the ring. Yesterday (Tuesday), I stopped by City Hall and took out the papers to run as a candidate for City Council. In order to qualify as a candidate, I must first collect 30 signatures of Registered City residents on a petition that MUST be turned into City Hall by this Friday.

That's only two days to gather the signatures and qualify for the ballot. In addition, it cost $300 to have a candidate statement included on the ballot and that too must be turned in by Friday. Unless someone else is able to sponsor the statement, I will have to forfeit the advantage of having that statement on the ballot.

If I collect all 30 signatures, I still have to decide if I am going to turn it in. Still not sure I want to make the leap.



moonlightphoenix 46F
6508 posts
8/10/2006 9:38 am

Congratulations to you!!!! I completely concur with the reasoning....they were exactly the same thoughts going through my head as I was reading your post. If you can't win, you can at least stir the pot and throw some things on the table that otherwise might not make it.

My American political understandings are still too murky to really grasp the shading of the Democrat vs. Republican thing (although I understand the basic differences for the most part).

I have all the confidence in you, and I'd TOTALLY volunteer to be your campaign manager if I were actually there.

The sound of two hands clapping.


CravesChocolate 57M
88 posts
8/10/2006 8:42 pm

    Quoting moonlightphoenix:
    Congratulations to you!!!! I completely concur with the reasoning....they were exactly the same thoughts going through my head as I was reading your post. If you can't win, you can at least stir the pot and throw some things on the table that otherwise might not make it.

    My American political understandings are still too murky to really grasp the shading of the Democrat vs. Republican thing (although I understand the basic differences for the most part).

    I have all the confidence in you, and I'd TOTALLY volunteer to be your campaign manager if I were actually there.

    The sound of two hands clapping.

Thanks for your endorsement! Does that mean that I have your permission to put it in my campaign literature?

Breaking News! MOON LIGHT PHOENIX throws much coveted support to relative unknown Chocolate Craving candidate. Tide tips in favor of upset victory by CRAVES as he rides the ground swell of widely popular and wildly popular MOON LIGHT. Opposition candidates now dropping like flies! CRAVES victory now a guaranteed shoe in. Film at 11.

And about the campaign manager offer, I think a Canadian campaign manager 3,000 miles away is better that none at all! I'll take it!
I'm sure we can figure out a way to register you here! This is getting more fun by the moment!


moonlightphoenix 46F
6508 posts
8/10/2006 9:24 pm

ROFLMAO

You know....I seriously would do it. I think it would be a blast and whole new edumacation.

But I seriously doubt my endorsement would get you anything but extra blog hits on AdultFriendFinder...lol. But you are incredibly sweet!!


nontoxicmale 66M

8/17/2006 7:51 am

I'm probably a day late and a few dollars short, but I hope that you do run. I tend to be a conservative though I won't affiliate with any party. I think it's really important that someone with real intelligence who respects his constituency puts out ideas that will engender real thought and debate. I am so sick of the attitudes and platitudes of the typical politician today. So, whether or not I agree with your political views, I think your candidacy can only be a positive thing for the political process.


CravesChocolate 57M
88 posts
8/18/2006 10:31 am

    Quoting nontoxicmale:
    I'm probably a day late and a few dollars short, but I hope that you do run. I tend to be a conservative though I won't affiliate with any party. I think it's really important that someone with real intelligence who respects his constituency puts out ideas that will engender real thought and debate. I am so sick of the attitudes and platitudes of the typical politician today. So, whether or not I agree with your political views, I think your candidacy can only be a positive thing for the political process.
NTM, Thanks so much for your comment and especially your endorsement. Does that mean I can use it on my campaign literature or is that where you draw the line? It's official, my candidacy has been certified by the Registrar of Voters office. As far as you calling yourself a conservative, I would debate what the definition of that is. I was raised by parents who were both Republicans but that was the old GOP and not the neocon bushevick republican'ts. I have a bumper sticker that says: "What the Hell are the Republicans CONSERVING anyway?" I am a conservative about the budget, but Republicans no longer are. I am a conservative about the environment, but the Republicans no longer are.
But the City Council is a nonpartisan office so party affiliation is not as important as are the issues you raise. Furthermore, you and I undoubtedly agree on more than you realize. Hey, we both love black women right? Now there's a party!


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