Anyone running for anything?


toreskha

Titles are un-American.
Just curious...does anyone here hold an elected/appointed office, or run/thought about running for anything? We definitely need more pro-gun politicians, and every little bit helps. Lower-level things are best to start off with of course, but most elected officials circulate amongst each other, and if you have several that support gun rights, you may be able to influence another who is on the fence. Plus, who knows...you might like it and decide to move on up.

BTW...please don't feel that you have to lose any anonymity in disclosing this...you can be somewhat general. :)
 

PascalFleischman

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Just curious...does anyone here hold an elected/appointed office, or run/thought about running for anything? We definitely need more pro-gun politicians, and every little bit helps. Lower-level things are best to start off with of course, but most elected officials circulate amongst each other, and if you have several that support gun rights, you may be able to influence another who is on the fence. Plus, who knows...you might like it and decide to move on up.

BTW...please don't feel that you have to lose any anonymity in disclosing this...you can be somewhat general. :)

Nope, but I'm running FROM taxes.

I've seriously given thought to local city council positions, but I like my work too much. Plus, a white conservative in Memphis doesn't stand a snowball's chance of winning a seat. Problem is that the white collar contingent of downtown (whrere I live) is either "Socially Astute" or completely apathetic. We're lumped into the same district as the sub-blue collar communities of miscreants, thugs, and welfare queens. Black Democrats are the only ones they've ever voted for....and the only ones they will EVER vote for.
 

kwo51

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Still waiting for stimulas check. Anyone got one? I want to up grade my Harley on the USA
 
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toreskha

Titles are un-American.
Well, right after I got out of high school I ran for town council in the (somewhat tiny) place where I was from. I lost by a few votes, but a couple of years later, won a county-wide seat on the Soil & Water Conservation Board by a huge margin. Later I moved to Jacksonville and am currently running for Soil & Water here (I should also note that S&W does not pay, and our budget has been cut to $0, so it's not exactly a lust for power and wealth). The state GOP is also sending me to Minnesota in September as an alternate delegate, which I'm very excited about. :20:

Most people around here are pretty conservative. My message, regardless of political stripe, is for people to GET INVOLVED!! By and large, elected officials are not devious, and would like to see more people at meetings, but getting them there is like simultaneously pulling teeth and herding cats. Meetings are like going to church - it's the first step to a larger journey. They're generally both boring and inconclusive, and unless an issue affects you directly, there's probably a big learning curve as far as figuring out what is going on.

I've supported and spent a lot of time with local candidates through the years, and have found people are almost universally apathetic about politics. It seems the only time they're not, is when something has gone wrong. The media doesn't spin things one way or another, so much as they just don't give enough information and muddle the issues until they're meaningless. The candidates themselves often (not always) genuinely believe in many of the issues they support. If they do not fully believe in an issue, they may support it if their constituents are strongly in favor of it. I'd rather have someone like that who can listen to voters, than a hardhead who has a "my way or the highway" view.

As for candidates who are all in it for themselves...you can very accurately get a feel for that just by talking to them one-on-one for a while. Most however believe in whatever it is they're doing, at least somewhat. Look at Hillary Clinton - she's definitely not my choice for President, but she is determined and loyal to her cause. Anyone with lesser fortitude would have dropped out a month ago, particularly since she has almost no hope of winning.

Voting is the absolute minimum required of being a citizen. GET INVOLVED!! RUN FOR THINGS!! GO TO MEETINGS!! If you've got to choose between Chupacabra and Cthulu for candidates, then it's a choice of your own making!
 
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mom of 3 angels

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Thanks for the post toreskha--I'll second. I'm all for getting involved in government where I can and believe more people should as well. We live in a little town and at our last town caucus we had to call people to show up so we'd have enough people there to fill the county delegate seats we had available to us. Crazy! I took a few teens with me and a British friend to see how the system works (none of whom were elegible to actually participate, but at least they know there are meetings now). Spread the news, invite people to go to meetings with you (preferably of like mind :) ), volunteer, get involved.
I also wait until my kids are out of school on voting days so they can go with me. Even though it is much more hassle to take them all with me, I hope to send the message to them how important it is to participate in government, and what a privelege it is to be able to vote.
 

toreskha

Titles are un-American.
Thanks for the post toreskha--I'll second. I'm all for getting involved in government where I can and believe more people should as well. We live in a little town and at our last town caucus we had to call people to show up so we'd have enough people there to fill the county delegate seats we had available to us. Crazy!
Holy crap...I've seen empty meetings, but vacant seats! I've never run or helped someone in a truly uncontested election before.

I hear people complaining, but I've been to dozens of Soil & Water meetings and I've seen a total of 1 solitary citizen (non-elected, not a dept head) show up. Just one. She owns a contracting company and is POed about the massive paperwork involved in digging ponds. We never get contacted by anyone about anything. We really want citizen input, but when asked, most people just give a blank look and shrug, or say something about, "What difference does it make to me?"

Now I know we're not the state legislature or anything...but we handle stuff like ag management, water runoff and ponds that I hear people complaining about. It seems that people mostly want to complain.

Most larger meetings have regulars that faithfully show up and basically get to steer the direction of the discussions without having any elected position whatsoever, and then there's the people who show up once in their life because their house is getting rezoned or there's an incredibly emotional moral issue and their pastor got 200 people to pack the place all at once.

Otherwise, it's just the crickets! :icon_rolleyes:
 

FN1910

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I ran for local school board many years ago. It was one of those top three vote getters out of 10 and I finished a strong fourth to two dentists and an female Al Sharpton. Politics is not for the faint of heart and although has great benefits you have to have the correct mindset for it.
 

toreskha

Titles are un-American.
I ran for local school board many years ago. It was one of those top three vote getters out of 10 and I finished a strong fourth to two dentists and an female Al Sharpton. Politics is not for the faint of heart and although has great benefits you have to have the correct mindset for it.
Well, what counts is that you made the effort and contributed to the political process. There's nothing more boring than a completely uncontested election.
 

Brainchild

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I'm thinking about running for state legislature.Either house or senate.I might contact my local GOP sometime soon and get some info about it.I am not perfect,but I think I have sound conservative moral values,and I might have something to offer my state.Or at least my county.Texas has some good laws on the books,but,like alot of other states,has some stupid ones,too.After that,who knows.Go back home to my gun business...or maybe U.S. congress?
Any finger point in the direction of some info would be appreciated.
;)
 

HK4U

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I'm thinking about running for state legislature.Either house or senate.I might contact my local GOP sometime soon and get some info about it.I am not perfect,but I think I have sound conservative moral values,and I might have something to offer my state.Or at least my county.Texas has some good laws on the books,but,like a lot of other states,has some stupid ones,too.After that,who knows.Go back home to my gun business...or maybe U.S. congress?
Any finger point in the direction of some info would be appreciated.
;)


Best of luck. If you do get elected introduce a bill to do away with some of the Gun Free Zones in the state. i.e. hospitals for one.
 

toreskha

Titles are un-American.
I'm thinking about running for state legislature.Either house or senate.I might contact my local GOP sometime soon and get some info about it.I am not perfect,but I think I have sound conservative moral values,and I might have something to offer my state.Or at least my county.Texas has some good laws on the books,but,like alot of other states,has some stupid ones,too.After that,who knows.Go back home to my gun business...or maybe U.S. congress?
Any finger point in the direction of some info would be appreciated.
;)
Start small (county or municipal level) if you really want to make a dent. If you live in a heavily conservative area, most of your competitors will probably be Republicans. So, before you go directly to the GOP, look up your area's supervisor of elections site and look at who's running (see if you recognize anyone) and look at some of the past races. Parties tend to be really cliquey and if you just walk in off the street, you'll get a lot of "Uhhh...and you are?" type of comments.

Most areas have Republican "clubs" and "caucuses" and whatnot. These can be interesting or a waste of time, depending on the people there, your tastes, etc. You can definitely win elections without being very involved with these, but it doesn't hurt to show up either. Some people get really involved and are able to raise a good solid base of supporters from those groups, so it may be to your advantage.

Some major pointers to remember:
1. Always do your homework and move with a strategy. Find out who knows who, and who does what.

2. Don't get discouraged by corruption; there's plenty of it, but it's not as bad as you think. Just keep chugging along. Don't give up!

3. Last but not least - watch what you say. Most political events, fundraisers and whatnot are just meetings of insiders. The guy sitting next to you might seem friendly, but he could be the Campaign Treasurer of the candidate who you're denouncing in conversation. That won't do you any favors later on.
 

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