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Friday, October 24, 2003

  Bloggers for State office - Emergent democracy from the bottom up

All politics is local - Tip O'Neil

All the furor and chatter about various presidential campaigns - and California's new animatronic governor - bugs me. The bevy of reporters, the news coverage, etc - are merely weapons of mass distraction. Sure, talk all you want about the main offices of the nation, but remember that your vote on that scale is statistically the least likely to make a difference.

Attention Bloggers: Voting is not enough. If you really want to make a difference... run for a smaller office in the primaries. Candidate registration in California starts Monday (oct 27th) and runs through november 5th. This should be front page news, but it isn't. Hey, Press? Mind covering where the real process of democracy starts? For a change?

Here's How to run for California State Assembly or Senate. It's easy:

For a mere 990 dollars - or 1500 signatures - anyone can run in the primaries for assembly under the flag of any party. For 3000 signatures you can run for state senate. Both are fairly high paying jobs, if you care about that part, and the money you donate to your own campaign is tax deductable (I think) - so why not run for one of these positions? Make a difference!

Want to fix your state government? Run for state office! Want to change the democratic party? Run from within! Same for the Republicans? Run from within! Can't stand those parties? Run as an independent!

Getting past the filing fee via those signatures - should be easy in any district of the nation given the size of the blogging network. Post your intent - ask for signatures - get on the candidate rolls - and after that, it's all up to you and the rest of us.

In my district the state senator seat is open, and the assembly seat is held by a first term incumbent. How about yours? Tired of taxation without representation? Come on, bloggers & technocrats - run for office.... any office. Take responsibility. Flex your political muscles. Run. Run for change.

Run in the primary.

Democracy is the theory that the people know what they want - and deserve to get it, good and hard - H.L. Mencken
 
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