Anyone Chucked a Hat?

Anyone Chucked a Hat?

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:02 am

There is a lot of interesting...and not so interesting...thoughts regarding politics and policies, but I was curious if anyone has ever thrown their hat in the ring for an elected position? To me, it only seems fair that if you feel strongly about your position, about politics and about your fellow neighbor, you would want to run for office to better yourself and your world. I have often found that in this world, some of the most ruthless debaters about politics are from people who will spout off about this or that at every opportunity, yet when given the chance to act upon what they say, never actively get involved.

I have run for two elected positions by my fellow taxpayers which is not bad since I am only 38 years old:

1) I ran for 1st Selectmen in my town.

2) I am currently running for my counties Farm Service Agency committee

In the first one, I lost by a single vote (No joking) though this was about 5 years ago. It has been an issue with time and not because I lost that I have not run again...oh no, I am a first rate loser and am used to that. My ego does not get bruised that easy. Considering it was a position most of my family has done means I will run again at some point when I get the time to do a satisfactory job.

I can tell you next week if I won the FSA job. I am currently on the ballot and polls close December 2nd on that. The woman that is running against me is a good woman and comes from a long line of farmers so I know whoever wins, will steer the county farmers in the right direction. I was convinced to run by my best friend who was termed out in this position and thought my progressive, young thinking might help area farmers. I have sheep and this county is changing from strictly dairy farming, to veggie and small livestock farms so we sort of need to change...and prioritize differently with the times...

To that end, I am a Supervisor on my counties Soil and Water Conservation District, but it is currently an appointed position. Still, whether I get the FSA position or not, I can still help my local small farmers out by "staying in the loop" and advocating for them.

So what elected positions have you thrown your hat into the ring for?
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Re: Anyone Chucked a Hat?

PostBy: Ed.A On: Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:09 am

Good for you, it ain't easy being in the public spotlight, got have leather skin or the press solidly behind you. ( fat chance if you have a R in front)

Never ran, but about 8yrs or so ran a mini-pac that turned the entire town Republican in the biggest sweep of seats in a decade. All started over beers at a local resturant, started a website, got the word out exposing what was going under the radar ( our local press is very much like the national MSM) and made huge waves. Got sued, Big frontpage headlines trashing me, my wife and the others involved, lots 'O Fun! NOT

The suit was Internet Libel ( I called a town activist an idiot and he sued me) my insurance co. provided me with a great Lawfirm that was very much in favor of my rights. His lawyer actually told my Lawyer ( a young fiesty woman) that he never expected to actually have anyone fight it and just pay up. He ended up with NOTHING.

BTW, although the paper announced my being Sued on the front page they refused to print one little sentence in regards to my being suit being dropped without merit. Figures.

Elections run 2yr cycles, so when the Dem's took most of their offices back, the first thing they did was try to shut my business down after 12yrs saying I needed a special exception. The Zoning board was dead even but one Dem couldn't be there ( although the chairman tried to postpone without luck) and my business was saved.

Almost losing my living Ruined me from ever getting involved again.

Soooo, now I just vent on state and national politics on boards that can't. won't or couldn't care less how I feel. LOL!
Last edited by Ed.A on Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:33 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Anyone Chucked a Hat?

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:19 am

That's awesome. I always say I want run for some type of office. I however don't know much about politics and feel I'd make a pretty terrible elected official. This is the main reason I stay out of the debates in this section of the forums. I read a lot because I find what you guys say interesting and sometimes entertaining. I only make comments if I feel I know a little about the subject or if I want to throw a joke in.
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Re: Anyone Chucked a Hat?

PostBy: jpete On: Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:10 am

I ran as a delegate to the national convention for Ron Paul and at least spoke with the local Republican party about running for city council.

They gave me every reason under the sun why I SHOULDN'T run. I suspect it had more to do with the Ron Paul bumper stickers on my truck than anything else.

I guess they were happy with losing 5 out of their 11 seats in the General Assembly like they did recently. And not getting any NEW members elected anywhere else in the state.
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Re: Anyone Chucked a Hat?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:48 am

Been on our Town Board 2 terms (4 yrs each), had a lapse between those 2--I pissed off to many good old boys making sure what was good for the goose, was good for the gandor toothy, Planning Board 1 term (5 yrs) , Property Tax greivence Panel (5 yrs) & Board of Directors w/ our local Volunteer Ambulance Corps.( 11 yrs)
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Re: Anyone Chucked a Hat?

PostBy: samhill On: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:45 am

On the school board where I used to live (one term) wouldn't vote to fire the union bus Co. ( nothing to do with union) & hire a non-union Co. where the buses were owned by Pres.s relative. Most of the drivers remained the same, after 2 years or so they all got back pay (so basically double) & the school had to pay a penalty & damages. The old Co. had gone bankrupt so the other had to find another to take over, one giant mess. I had had enough & wouldn't stay on besides I went back on turns & missed a lot of meetings so felt I really couldn't serve the public. Been asked about several positions here but I feel a younger person should get involved but still might end up as the flood coordinator(unpaid) but it seems just like everything else it's the older ones pulling the wagon while the young ones (that should be) just sit back & ride & complain.
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Re: Anyone Chucked a Hat?

PostBy: Northern Maine On: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:51 am

samhill wrote:On the school board where I used to live (one term) wouldn't vote to fire the union bus Co. ( nothing to do with union) & hire a non-union Co. where the buses were owned by Pres.s relative. Most of the drivers remained the same, after 2 years or so they all got back pay (so basically double) & the school had to pay a penalty & damages. The old Co. had gone bankrupt so the other had to find another to take over, one giant mess. I had had enough & wouldn't stay on besides I went back on turns & missed a lot of meetings so felt I really couldn't serve the public. Been asked about several positions here but I feel a younger person should get involved but still might end up as the flood coordinator(unpaid) but it seems just like everything else it's the older ones pulling the wagon while the young ones (that should be) just sit back & ride & complain.


I've been approached on several occasions to be on our school board...problem being is I couldn't devote the time necessary to the position and the board is run by farmers who run it like a farm! No offense to farmers...but new ideas really "scare" those that think their way is "tried and true".
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Re: Anyone Chucked a Hat?

PostBy: KLook On: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:08 am

I held a town Assessor position and stepped away to run for the school board spot against someone who had been on for 20+ years. Her husband who was also on the board threatened to beat me up in the hall before everyone left. It has been long suspected they were stealing tens of thousands from the system. After I got the Assessor position, the Treasurer for the town refused to pay for the state course I took and when she had to back off because it was not her decision to make she bad mouthed me around town. Told everyone I didnt attend the classes and had failed the course and wasn't even showing up for my meetings. I have been surrounded with politically active people until moving here. I can feel the pain Ed.A, my business partner was active in town politics and we took on the dominant local bank and it hurt our business big time. Nothing like small town politics.

Kevin
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Re: Anyone Chucked a Hat?

PostBy: Ed.A On: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:21 am

KLook wrote: I can feel the pain Ed.A, my business partner was active in town politics and we took on the dominant local bank and it hurt our business big time. Nothing like small town politics.

Kevin


What's that old sayin'? oh, "All Politics is Local" ain't that the truth.
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