I realize this candidacy hasn’t been very present. There haven’t been mailers, and very few calls. There has just been me speaking at a few places, writing letters, and maintaining an online presence. In reality, the lack of zeal and continual posts are largely because I refuse to let the campaign run my life. I am sure I would feel and act differently if there were an army of volunteers behind me making calls and writing letters, but there aren’t, and that is reality. Because of the long shot nature of this bid–which really requires a freak lightning hit to be successful this year– it is insane to penalize my family, work, health, and other obligations more than I already have. So I’ve slowed down.
So why should you vote for me? The first answer is because I am sane. I have my priorities right. The second is that I am in this for the long haul. My pet issue–protecting voting rights for all Americans–is the only thing that can keep a tragedy like the one we have going on today from happening again. If all people are able to vote freely and without restrictions or obstacles, good ideas will usually win. But we can’t get to across town to fight the fire until we fix the truck.
I would be at minimum an above average Congressperson. I understand how Congress works. I know what I don’t know, but know the right people to ask. I would be able to set up an office that would meet the needs of this district and would be fearless in defending the interests of all Americans. Most importantly though, I am beholden to no one. No one controls me. This is why my candidacy is a long shot, but also why it is such a good thing.
I am far from a perfect person. I have made mistakes in life, but have learned from those mistakes. I have also learned that we all have a duty to speak up. I chose to run because I thought what needed to be said needed amplification. There are core truths here. We must fix voting in America. It is the cornerstone of our society. Without it we are just another sad country controlled by the selfish and dishonest. We must also call out not just Donald Trump, but the entire Republican Party that has covered enthusiastically for his crimes. Trump is a symptom. Racism, misogyny, xenophobia, greed, and outright malice are the diseases, and one political party has embraced those sins totally and completely.
What I am saying is not comfortable. People have labeled it divisive. I don’t care. It is the unvarnished truth. If you want someone who will dance around the elephant in the room, I am not your guy. I’m not a pretend antagonist, I’m the real deal.
People often say they don’t know what the Democratic Party stands for– I can sum it up for you. At its best, the Democratic Party stands for Fair Play, Compassion, and the Common Good. All good ideas that have been implemented, (like medicare, social security, weekends, and environmental protections) and those that are still awaiting their turns (like an end to sexism and racism, medicare for all, better environmental protections, fair tax rates, and fair voting) can be traced to those core principles.
Please vote for me on June 5th. I promise I will not let you down.