YOU Should Run for Congress
or any other Political Office
Sick of what’s going on in politics? The answer is – we need you! RUN FOR CONGRESS.
by WI Deadhead
Feb 19, 2005
Fact: In 2004 there were 34 incumbents that had NO OPPONENT. Add that nearly 100% of incumbents win their race and we get a turnover rate lower than that of just about any tin horn dictatorship’s rubber stamp body. Below the fold I’ll give more persuasion and some concrete suggestions for getting started.
WI Deadhead’s diary :: ::
In 2000 I ran an “unwinnable” race against a powerful, entrenched incumbent. I had a staff of exactly one (me), worked a fulltime job that was 40 miles outside my district boundary, spent less than $10,000 (almost none of it my own) and still managed to pull in almost 26% of the vote. 83,000+ people chose an unknown alternative because they were so fed up with their representative. When I decided to throw my hat into the ring, I had four main thoughts.
I believe every race should be contested. Even if you run against your own party in a primary, it is a way of ensuring accountability. People often told me, “I like his positions on issues.” My response was, “How do you know? He has had no reason to go on the record for ANYTHING.” He certainly has votes that show his tendencies, but he can explain the same vote in 20 different ways, depending on who he is talking to. A campaign is a way to get them on the record so that future battles will have clear starting points. I know he is in favor of executing children, against clean water and in favor of establishing a theocracy. But I want him to say so publicly. The same thing is gained by running against your party in a primary if they will be unopposed in the general. Make them go on the record in favor of the things you are in favor of.
Marketing to future voters is key to long term progress. How much would it cost to market your party to every voter? $0 if you are on the ballot. Imagine an 18 year old walking in the booth for their very first vote. Maybe they haven’t paid that much attention but they think they are going to vote for a Democrat. And the line is blank. They will start to question the viability and validity of that party. If you allow one party rule, it makes it that much harder to gain any ground. In my town there was the President, a Senate race, Me and then… a slew of races with only one party represented. I am proud to say I was representing my values.
What if the incumbent dies? Gets arrested the week before the election? The national Republicans get found out as the cheaters they are with a major scandal? If nobody is on the ballot, it doesn’t matter how long the coat tails are, it is just a wasted opportunity. Possible sources of votes are compulsive ticket splitters, first time voters, anti-incumbents, underdog rooters, … not just the true believers.
Respect for the office. What an unopposed candidate signifies is that nobody thinks the office is important. My guy said something like this in 1998: “I represent my district very well. Everybody agrees with me, that is why nobody ran against me.” NOBODY should get it without at least token opposition.
You get to meet new people and hear their ideas for improving society, appear in almanacs for posterity, pad your resume, and spout off on any subject you care to mention (I hit on opposition to the death penalty, pointing out financial conflicts of interest in voting records, racial profiling by police and the courts, support for Industrial Hemp production, and a desire for improvements in health care).
If you are interested, start by checking with your state elections board for qualifications and ballot access requirements. Attend your local party meetings and get some moral support. Make a website and stock it with your favorite philosophies. If you get on the ballot, you have a guaranteed platform to shout out your message. It may not be covered closely, but there are lots of places that will post it for free. I had one hour on public radio with callers, and one televised debate. Maybe a small audience, but perhaps I was able to touch one person who will go on to make a difference. I can dream. It is not too soon to start for 2006, take a chance and make a contribution you can be proud of.
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Here’s come encouragement for you:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A week before her high school graduation, Saira Blair was barely old enough to vote when she unseated a West Virginia lawmaker almost four times her age.
After Tuesday’s GOP primary, the 17-year-old is one election away from becoming the youngest state lawmaker in West Virginia history. Larry Swan, sworn in as a 20-year-old delegate in 1972, set the current record.
Soft-spoken and on-message, Blair is a churchgoer who says she is pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun rights and pro-business. She can rattle off a laundry list of businesses taxes she wants abolished or lowered.
“People saw that you don’t need to wait until you are 40, 50 or 60 to realize our conservative principles are beneficial to everyone,” the Martinsburg teen said of her primary win.
The Following is by Michael Relfe
If you want to change the world and are looking for a career change, this is something to keep in mind. Remember, you get paid to be in office. Plus you usually get all kinds of perks which are very, very useful for making positive change, like a nice office, paid staff, mailing & office supplies & phone calls paid for. The world needs lots of positive, well-informed people like you to network with each other and really change the way things are now.
Here are some suggestions to help you get elected:
01. Search books on “get elected”. Start buying and reading those books. They are a crash course in getting elected
02. As in any marketing campaign you must have a “specific benefit” Be specific on what you will accomplish. Note that almost no one else bothers to do this.
03. You generally need signatures before your name goes on the ballot. 1,250 signatures costs $1250 (professional signature collectors get $1 each). Or get 4 or 5 friends to volunteer and help.
04. For funding, buy an EPSON printer and print your own bumper stickers. II X 17 sheet of self adhesive vinyl costs $1.50. That makes 4 large bumper stickers that sell for $2 each – $6.50 profit. Cut them yourself.
05. Sell T-Shirts. Wholesale cost on the net is about $4 each. Sell for $8 and they become walking billboards. They need to have a catchy slogan like “Vote for me because everyone else sucks – (your name) – Congress” (The generic Vote for me shirt appears frequently at flea markets during election. There is no reason you could not borrow the slogan. People will remember it!)
06. Go to Theme Forest and buy a Political Blog Template. Get A Hosting Company that uses CPanel as it is easier to perform maintenance with it..
CPanel has a built in installer for the Blog Software called WORDPRESS. WordPress is free. Takes about 30 seconds to install it. You can then upload that Political Blog theme, activate it and you are in business. About 20 minutes total. That way you can avoid the delays associated with websites.
07. Get your domain from GoDaddy.com. Try Congressman(your last name).com or (your last name) 2016.com. Don’t bother with anything other than a dot com (eg dot net) as others are perceived as less important.
08. Run as an independent or libertarian. For any party support, “they” must have enough dirt on you to control you.
If you are to be free from the control of others, you must receive ZERO support from parties and take no money from anyone except individuals, and only in small amounts at that.
What this world needs is a government full of independents with integrity and also know how to work as a team with other independents.
09. Go to eBay and get 5000 full color post cards (4 X 6 ) for $90. Use these as your “sales flyers”
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