2010: How did our writers and readers do as candidates?

If you write for or read IPR and ran as a candidate in this past Tuesday’s election, please post your vote total and percentage in the comments here. If you feel like it, feel free to explain why you think you did better or worse than you expected, whether you plan to run again and what you plan to differently next time if you do, etc. Are you glad you ran, and do you feel that you had an impact on your race?

Please feel free to comment even if you usually just lurk.

21 thoughts on “2010: How did our writers and readers do as candidates?

  1. Shane Bruce

    Greetings All,

    Since you asked, here are my thoughts on my race for Commissioner of Insurance in Georgia as one of our ten libertarian candidates for statewide office.

    It sucks to lose.

    It really sucks to lose to a republican. It’s kind of unavoidable and quite predictable when said republican has all the advantages of funding, staffing, political experience and the magic “R” behind his name.

    Still sucks though. Major suckage.

    Of the many things I learned from this campaign, one salient point stands out. We as a people have not reached the plateau required to enable a single citizen to effectively compete with last generation political machinery. I had thought that the internet/social media had developed to a point where such a candidacy might succeed. Mine did not.

    I am quite proud of the fact that I ran my own campaign with a couple of on the spot volunteer FlipCam operators, about $260 bucks for gas, Name Plates and the occasional burger on one of my roadtrips with Chuck Donovan. I purposely wanted to spend the least amount of money possible in this endeavor to illustrate the point that you can be a part time political candidate and succeed in some measure without the requirements of a typical campaign. I’m pleased as punch that I did receive 96,278 votes out a total of 2,537,520 votes in my particular race. I certainly don’t know that many people in Georgia. And yet they know me or my Political Party.

    I am totally convinced that my style of political video is the way to go. No script, one take slices of time that require the candidate to speak extemporaneously and from the heart on a variety of subjects of interest to his particular campaign. In this manner, carefully prepared lies will not work, slick graphics will not be able to hide the truth or misdirect the viewer and the ominous off camera voice can get back to recording drag strip commercials. Most people have really good BS detectors and know how to use them. Hopefully some other candidate will advance this particular art form to the next level in some other campaign.

    About 2.5 million Georgian’s showed up to vote in this cycle out of the roughly 5.7 million registered voters that live here. Less than half of our voters managed to get off the couch and go to the polls and that’s terrible thing. Of the 2.5 million that bothered to show up about 1.3 million decided to play in the republican sandbox this time out and as a result we now face the prospect of 4 years of governance selected by a minority of our population. That’s winner take all politics folks. Consider the fact that we’re all gonna have to dance to the tune that 26% of the voters in Georgia have called. Of course they’re calling it a mandate, but I think the term dictate is more appropriate.

    What does the future hold for me and my party? I really don’t know. I do know that I do not care for our current system in any way, shape , form or fashion. Two party politics are exclusionary by design and sadly turn out to be the same side of the same coin. Can Liberty flourish in Georgia? Will we as a sovereign people ever realize that we have been slowly enchained by our political system? We will tolerate ever worsening political, social and economic distress or will we reclaim our birthrights as Americans? I want to live in the greatest nation on the face of the earth where each citizen can succeed or fail on his own merits.

    Where do you want to live?

    Regards,

    Shane Bruce
    http://bludgeonandskewer.blogspot.com/

  2. paulie Post author

    Don’t everybody answer all at once or anything, LOL. Really, just numbers and percentages are fine if you don’t want to write a long post. I don’t care what you ran as or whether you ever commented here before or plan to again. If you ran as a candidate of any sort in the November 201o elections in the US, and received any votes, including write-in votes that were actually counted, please let us know.

    If you ran as a Democrat or Republican, that’s OK, let us know anyway. But no impersonating famous Democrats and Republicans please, if they are actually reading us we want to verify that with a phone call.

  3. NewFederalist

    I wonder if we will hear from Darcy Richardson. I realize he was #2 on the ticket and not really in charge of the campaign but I would be interested in his perspective on why they didn’t do better.

  4. Jason Gatties

    I ran for county commissioner and faced a Republican opponent. I got 566 votes (14%). It was a bad thumping but not much worse than the democrat would have received had they ran someone.

  5. Alaska Constitution Party

    I ran for Kenai Borough Assembly against a liberal opponent. This was a non-partisan race and was held 10/05/10. My ties to the AIP were well known. It was an excitibg campaign, I spent less than $1,000, and received about 27% of the vote in a two-way race. Disappointing to be sure, but worth the effort. I remain involved.

  6. Jake Porter

    I ran for Iowa Secretary of State. We received 33,683 votes or 3.13% which appears to be the second highest in state party history for a statewide or federal candidate.

    Radio and Internet ads appear to have really helped the campaign as well as a good performance at a debate on statewide public television and an endorsement by a Republican who lost in the primary.

    Supporters have encouraged me to run again. I am looking at County Auditor, City Council, or State Representative.

  7. Cody Quirk

    In my race for State Senate, I got about 5% in my race- about 2,000 votes.

    (It was a 3-way race, of course)

  8. David Colborne

    Ran for Washoe County Commissioner District 2 (Reno) as a Libertarian. Picked up 1,427 votes, or 4.43% of the total vote. Given the amount of time, effort, and money I put into the campaign, I’m not going to complain about that outcome. It definitely drove home the level of time commitment, the level of volunteer support, and the amount of planning that needs to go into even a smaller campaign.

    It was a learning experience – can’t wait to apply what I learned in a couple of years!

  9. Thane Eichenauer

    I received 3.93% of the vote in a four way race for Arizona state treasurer as the Libertarian Party candidate – beating my Green party opponent who received 2.74%. My Democrat opponent spent $400,000 with an electoral return of 40.97%. My Republican opponent spent $750,000 in his campaign with a return of 52.25%. It is possible my Green Party opponent spent several times what I spent out of pocket (I spent about $150). I was included in 1 of 2 debates produced by public television. I was not invited to one debate and was not aware of the second debate until the weekend it occurred and was welcomed after the produced noticed the oversight though the same producer excluded the Green party candidate as “not credible” due to the Arizona Steve May Green party “vote siphon” controversy.

    http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/AZ/22333/39585/en/summary.html

    Paradoxically the candidate who I think put in the most time and effort Barry Hess the LP candidate for Governor only received 2.16% in a four way race, ahead of the Green party candidate but far behind the D and the R candidates. He received comparable news coverage in The Arizona Republic (the “main” newspaper in Arizona) which surprised and impressed me.

    My focus going forward will be to look at the smaller offices as that seems to be the entry point. My goal for next cycle is having a “campaign” web site apart from my animated campaign video URL (and twitter URL):
    http://www.ilovegrover.com/
    http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/6925023/
    http://twitter.com/ilovegrover
    I would have also loved to have a staffer or volunteer to liaison with news employees but nobody offered (and I didn’t fish for one).

  10. Green Party Conservative

    The Independent Greens of Virginia had a full slate of endoree/nominees running for congress in each of Virginia’s 11 districts.

    1) Gail for Rail Parker received one percent
    2) Kenny Golden received four percent. Raised and spent about $120,000
    3) John D. Kelly received one percent
    4) Janet Murphy still pending with write ins
    5) Jeff Clark received two percent
    6) Jeff Vanke received fourteen percent
    7) Floyd Bayne received seven percent
    8) Ron Fisher received two percent
    9) Jeremiah Heaton received two per cent
    10) Bill Redpath received two per cent
    11) David Gillis received one per cent

    Arlington County Green Party candidate for Board of Supervisors Kevin Chisholm received six per cent.

    Arlington County Green Party candidate for School Board, Miriam Gennari received twenty-six per cent.

  11. Green Party Conservative

    Was a great year for the Indy Greens.

    This was their first year with a full slate of endorsee/nominees in every district.

    They again endorsed all Green Party candidates on the ballot. Without the Indy Greens petition gathering the many Indy candidates on the ballot would not have collected enough signatures.

    The Indy Greens became the first state party in the nation to endorse the coalition to stop war spending.

    Indy Greens have become so well known and popular – their candidates including Kenny Golden, Jeff Clark, Floyd Bayne, and Gail for Rail Parker were the subject of attack robo calls the last week of the election.

    First they ignore you. Then they attack you. Then you get elected.

    A great year for the Independent Greens of Virginia.

  12. paulie Post author

    @ 14 Do all those folks read IPR? If so, please let them all post about their own races. If not, this is the wrong thread for that. This thread is for candidates who personally read IPR.

  13. paulie Post author

    Thanks to the folks who replied thus far.

    And everyone else…

    C’mon…we got more candidates than that reading IPR, don’t we?

  14. Catholic Trotskyist

    Michael Kavlan ran for Congress in Minnesota and got 1.1% of the vote; he came in fifth place out of the 5 candidates. I am happy about that.

  15. paulie Post author

    Michael Kavlan ran for Congress in Minnesota and got 1.1% of the vote;

    Let Mr. Cavlan speak about his own campaign if and when he reads this. If you were not a candidate this year, please don’t use this thread to discuss, promote or criticize other people’s campaigns.

  16. Brian Bergman

    This was my first time running for office. 119th House Seat in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Unofficial results:

    Representative in the General Assembly 119TH DISTRICT
    Vote for not more than 1
    (WITH 36 OF 36 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
    Gerald J. Mullery (DEM). . . . . . 8,621 51.83
    Rick Arnold (REP). . . . . . . . 7,263 43.67
    Brian R. Bergman (LIB) . . . . . . 739 4.44
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 9 .05 Total . . . . . . . . . 16,632

    Not sure what will happen next, but for my initial run, it’s not a bad result. In the next district over, (120th), Tim Mullen received 15% in a 3-way race (Dem – 53%, Rep – 32%, Lib – 15%).

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