TEXAS CAMPAIGN BOOT PRINTS #1
If I can do it, you can do it!
We can “eat the giant elephant” like we eat anything else: one bite at a time.
Only until we replace what we currently have in Congress can we expect any changes that will benefit the majority of us who don’t live in the Beltway or on Wall Street. We could all die and our nation with us if we keep waiting for the right person to step up to the plate. We may not be perfect, but we can be a reasonable facsimile until/if perfection shows up. We must do more than continue to gripe if we want to really change things at the deep level of root causes.
1. Check out the requirements for running for US Congress on your state’s website.
These requirements vary greatly from state to state. What follows is an overview for those wishing to run as Independent candidates for the office of US Congressional Representative from the State of Texas only.
2. In the state of Texas, between November 12, and December 12, 2011, I must complete a Declaration of Intent to run and submit it to the Secretary of the State of Texas between Nov. 12 and December 12, 2011. Note: This is easy. the declaration is only one page and it must also be notarized. However, it is a critical step to complete. If you don’t, you won’t be able to participate in the process of running as an independent.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THOSE RUNNING AS INDEPENDENTS IN TEXAS
You may have your name placed on the general election ballot as an independent candidate if you are not affiliated with a political party. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 1.005(9). If you vote in a party’s primary elections or participate in a party’s conventions, you thereby affiliate with the party. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 142.008, 162.003, 162.007. Thus, if you plan to run as an Independent candidate in 2012 in Texas, do not vote in the primary for either party in 2012. If you want to support an Independent candidate by signing their ballot petition in 2012, do not vote in the primary for either party in 2012 because that will disqualify you for signing an Independent’s ballot petition as it is viewed upon as voting twice in the same election.
3. Obtain a minimum of 500 signatures from registered voters who live in your district who did not vote in the 2012 primary. To do this, you must use the ballot petition form provided by the state and it must be completed according to the instructions on the form.
You cannot start collecting these signatures until the primary is over. This means that you can begin on March 7, 2012 to garner the necessary signatures. [Note: if there is a runoff that features your opponent, you cannot begin collecting signatures until that runoff is over. This will leave you with less than a month to gather your signatures since the runoff is scheduled for May 22, 2012 and you must turn in your ballot petitions on or before June 21, 2011.]
4. Turn in your 500+ voter signatures along with your completed application to the Texas Secretary of State on or before June 21, 2012.
Note: it will take about a month to six weeks for the Secretary of State’s office to check the names on your ballot (and they will–each and every one). I recommend gathering no less than 800 signatures as so many of them get disqualified.
NOTE: These four steps are very high level, but they outline the bare necessities for the Texas requirements to get your name on the ballot as an Independent. As you move through the process with me, I’ll add the necessary detail at each of these four milestones. But remember, while the inspiration is for all who are interested in removing the oligarchs, the details will mostly be specific to people who are running as independents in the state of Texas.
After completing step 1 and prior to December 12, 2011 I will draft my platform, identify 10 key voter issues and develop 30 second talking points for each one; secure no less than 50 volunteers who are dedicated and enthusiastic about what we can accomplish together; learn all I can about the strengths and weaknesses of my opponent (Pete Sessions); settle on a campaign theme; develop a website, and develop a campaign strategy.
The first step is to draft your campaign platform. It will change a little as your campaign evolves, but it forms the core of what you stand for. I recommend that this be one of your first steps because it provides clarity on what you want to accomplish. I worked with those 100,000 + Americans who helped to draft the American Dream platform a month or so ago. In addition I work with the Texas clean elections team so naturally these all figure into my platform. The second step will be to identify the 10 key voter issues and 30 second talking points on each issue. Keep in mind that at least a few of these key voter issues may be resolved and/or take a back seat to new issues that appear on the political horizon in between now and election day 2012. Thus you have to keep up on what is happening–not only in the world, but in your district as well.
I drafted my campaign platform today. Here is the link. Take what you can use and disregard the rest.
ENOUGH CAMPAIGN WORK FOR ONE DAY.
I’ll update my progress as I make it and share with you.