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    Sunday, November 30th, 2008
    11:18 am
    'Black Betty'
    INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Put your iPod or other music player on shuffle.

    2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

    3.YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!

    4. Tag friends who might enjoy doing this as well as the person you got this from.

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    Current Mood: amused
    Friday, November 14th, 2008
    1:52 am
    27-9-3
    A maximum of 27 words that can be spoken in at most 9 seconds to get across up to 3 points on why I'm running and why you should elect me to the Lakewood City Council. A message, a frame. A good one can win an election ("Change"), a bad one can cost an election ("Lockbox"). This is the absolute first thing a serious candidate needs to peg down, and the thing I am having the most difficulty getting my head around.

    My first problem: Why am I running. I mean, I know. But I don't know how to say it. At least, not in 27 words, and not without using phrases like "just kinda feels right", "because the incumbent's a *****", or "generalized lust for power". Really, I'm running because I think I can do well with the office, that I would bring a unique point of view (ie, poor, young, clever, and Democratic) that the Council hasn't ever really had, and that I've got the energy to get some new programs and projects up and running. Plus a little lust for power. Now I've got to get that into about 9 words.

    Second problem: Issues. Lakewood has them. Lakewood has a lot of them. If I run on all of them, I'll lose and won't be able to address them. I have to have an opinion on them all, of course, but I've got to run on about three. The main choices:
    -Crime/Safety: A natural fit, due to the fact that by freak twist of fate I'm the Vice Chair of the Public Safety Board now (even I don't know how I managed that).
    -Schools: A natural fit, because I'm about 30 years closer to High School than anyone else on the board, having actually taken and passed the WASL instead of just hearing parents yelling about it.
    -Community Organization: A natural fit, having been a founding member of the North Lakewood Neighborhood Association, as well as my work with the Lions and Relay for Life.
    -Budget: Not the most natural fit, but I'm pretty up on the budget and can speak knowledgeably about it, I've had a couple Op-Eds published on it, and it's one of the more pressing and popular issues right now.
    -Business Development: Way out of my area of expertise, but Lakewood really needs it and fortuitously enough my mother happens to be one of the City of Lakewood's Development Agents, so I've got a bit of an inside track should I choose to to go that route.
    -More Progressive Topics (Healtcare, Human Services, Community Programs, Unions, etc): I'm very up on the various issues here and could run hard with 'em, though I'd have to be very, very sensitive to the mood of Lakewood to make sure I wasn't going too far.
    -Family Ties: "My mom's been with the city for as long as it's been a city, and I've grown up together with it", only not lame and Hallmarky.
    -General 'Lakewood is AWESOME': Not so much an issue as a frame, but still a valid message to run with.

    Now, I've got to cut down to one or two of those issues (or others not covered here) and integrate it with my previous bit on why I'm running to make a complete coherent thought that would resonate and survive all the way through next year's election. This will affect everything from doorbelling scripts to mail pieces to targeting universes. Make or break the campaign, as it were.

    Suggestions... Are very welcome.

    Current Mood: numb
    Friday, February 8th, 2008
    11:53 pm
    Questionnaire Thingie
    Posting a questionnaire and previous answers, as per instructions...

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    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
    2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
    3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
    4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
    5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.

    Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
    1:07 pm
    I belong to no organized party, I'm a Democrat.
    So, as some of you have heard by now, it looks like I won't, in fact, be running for jack shit this year.  I say 'Looks Like' because, as the last month has proven, there isn't anything certain in the realm of politics, and I suppose it's still possible for me to run for either State Senate or County Council, but it's looking pretty dismal right now and getting less likely by the day.

    How did this happen?  Short answer:  Several people in the local party decided to 'help' me, and ended up f***ing me over.  Hard.  The long answer is very long, actually, and though I'm not opposed to explaining in detail, I'm gonna be heading out the door in a few minutes to go get groceries/swing by the gym, so I can't explain right now.  It has to do with IRV, if that helps.  The important thing is that they were genuinely trying to help, and while they REALLY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, I can't stay angry at them for doing what they thought was best.  *sigh*

    I do have a backup political plan which I'm now apparently bumping into the front-burner position, though I can't say what it is right now, due to the fact that everything I talk about openly turning to shit.  It's not nearly as exciting, but it's still pretty cool, and still important to get done right.  Also, now I have the opportunity to work on some of those neat local races I've been drooling over for the past few months.  I had an interview this week for a Field Organizer position on a very interesting statewide race this year (again, can't say with whom, not 'til they announce), which I totally nailed.  It helps when you've known your interviewer for a year and a half, having been a trusted ally on a heartbreaking and intense campaign in 2006 (Go Darcy '08!).  The candidate, I have some trepidations about.  Can't say if this is a good thing (as they were with Darcy) or a bad thing (as they were with Dale (Go Jarrett '08!)).  We'll see what happens.

    I'll keep y'all updated on what I'm up to, and let you know ASAP when I finally do announce for some office somewhere.  I'm gettin' to DC soon enough, even if I have to take the long road...
    Sunday, August 12th, 2007
    7:19 pm
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