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1 posted on 12/14/2012 11:23:01 AM PST by Sopater
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Take an anti-affirmative action stance and make it central to your campaign. Regardless if it’s an issue or not. I just want to see what happens if a conservative actually does that, it has not been tried for at least 20 years. I know I would donate.


2 posted on 12/14/2012 11:25:45 AM PST by kreitzer
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This was for a Local Preservation Board. They were even willing to change their rules to accomodate me.

However, I decided I didn't want to be under someone's thumb (and intimidated which I saw at every meeting).

If you think your vote will make a difference, go that course. However, if you are strong and can document matters, remain the local troublemaker.

P.S. I copyright everything I do....pass it out to the members of the Board on the condition that the documents be returned to me. I've become very effective but am specialized in several historical areas.

3 posted on 12/14/2012 11:29:59 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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If you have core values that perpetuate what I call Norman Rockwell America, all you have to do, if elected, is live, think, talk and vote with that mind set.

NO ONE will slight you for it and some good may come of it.

If you are that man, and you feel you can't run and win on that platform, then be very, very sure, if you 'change your appearance' to be elected, it is a hat and coat you can take off, or you'll become like the rest.

4 posted on 12/14/2012 11:32:33 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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Be honest. Stay honest.


5 posted on 12/14/2012 11:33:17 AM PST by onedoug
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You will likely find your discretion is VERY limited. Most programs and regulations are dictated from the state. In addition, the jurisdiction and authority of local government is rapidly being replaced by state controlled regional governance structures and collaborative stakeholder groups required by state agencies.

In addition, you will learn how much you didn’t really know or understand when you were a troublemaker - lol.


6 posted on 12/14/2012 11:41:44 AM PST by marsh2
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I hope you have a VERY thick skin.

15 or so years ago, a neighbor ran for school board. He was a local businessman (owned a middle eastern restaurant) and was leaning to traditional school values.

In my very liberal town, that rubbed some people the wrong way. They campaigned against him on the “fact” that being middle eastern (and likely Muslim),well, you know how they treat and think of women! He lost the race.


7 posted on 12/14/2012 11:46:57 AM PST by llevrok (ObamaLand - Where young people go to retire.)
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I would love to see you run way to the right of Reagan- prepare a list of his quotes and quote him often

and see how successful you are- I bet you ARE

The wimptards in the GOP lose over and over because they dont do that


9 posted on 12/14/2012 11:50:04 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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Run. I served as a Town Council member for three terms. We kept the budget in the black, a low employee/per capita ratio, and the lowest municipal tax rate in the state. It’s all done by keeping the concept of municipal “core function” at the forefront of all policy decisions. You’ve got to be willing to say “No.” A lot. And you’ve got to be willing to walk away from the job at any time.

You may find that preconcieved notions of local government are not accurate. But if we really want to reclaim our constitutional foundation of limited government, we must start our own “long march through the institutions.”

By all means, run.


10 posted on 12/14/2012 12:00:41 PM PST by henkster ("The people who count the votes decide everything." -Joseph Stalin)
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When is the election? What state are you in, how large is the town, and what office are you running for? What issues do you have? What budget do you have for your campaign? We can communicate privately for the sake of greater candor.


11 posted on 12/14/2012 1:26:55 PM PST by Rockingham
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I encourage you to run. I ran for City Council here, and lost by 6 votes in a 3-way race. I think I'd have won a 2-way race.

If it's a local office, you'll do better going door to door than putting money into yard signs and bumper stickers. Be prepared to explain why you are running. What are the issues? What is your position on them? How does your position benefit the average voter (lower taxes, fewer regulations, or whatever).

Take advantage of any opportunity to be interviewed by your local paper. Consider buying ads in the local paper. Get those who agree with you to write letters to the editor. Letters are among the most popular parts of local papers. Almost everyone reads them.

When you call on a house and no one's home, be prepared to leave literature that explains your position on the issues. Have 'door-hangers" to hang on doorknobs, or to place between screen and main door.

Last but not least, carefully follow whatever laws and regulations your state/county etc. has regarding campaign finances. I recommend you have a campaign treasurer who will be responsible for assuring compliance with those laws. This is even if you're not asking for donations but are spending our own money. You still have to report whatever you spent.

12 posted on 12/14/2012 1:27:04 PM PST by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: All

I was nominated at our town caucus and will be on the ballot this spring.

Pray for me. :-)


14 posted on 01/16/2013 12:40:02 PM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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