Monday, March 31, 2014

Step 2: Paperwork and political opponents

Of course there's paperwork. You can't just sign up to be in an election. Along with campaign finance paperwork, you must also file with the Missouri Ethical Commission as well as your local Alderman board.

Te financial disclosure statement for political subdivisions is to track if I or my wife had any financial dealings with the City of St. Louis in the last year valued over $500. I've sent mine in for the MEC, but not the Alderman yet because I've yet to dig up their address.

I don't plan on setting up an election committee, but one might just happen against my will if someone decides to try to get me elected. But hold your horses because I can only have one per election sought (which makes me realize I could have signed up for a few more elections had I known). If you want all the fun details, you can read this MEC PDF on the various campaign committees.

Also, I've been contacted by the person running for the Representative of the 78th in St. Louis City. She is way more politically active than I am, and is actually involved in quite a few noteworthy causes, including getting people registered to vote. I advise checking out Natalie A. Vowell if you're of a voting mind.

She informed me she was indirectly accused of "signing up this Frank Horton" person. I'm excited to have political opponents, and look forward to whatever dirt they dig up on me. Will I be betrayed by a facebook friend? Will my dark secrets be exposed with my photo with known libertarians Penn and Teller? Will someone call my cat Marcellus ugly and fat? Because he certainly is.

August 5th is still far away, but already things are getting more and more exciting.  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Step one: Fifty Dollars

Turns out anyone can run for public office in the city of St. Louis. All you need is a little bit of money and a long lunch hour to head down to the election board at 300 N Tucker to fill out the necessary paperwork. Then, suddenly, I'm finding myself scrubbing thing from the public eye and sifting through forms.

Part of my reason for doing this is for my own civil service experience. I worked at the busiest polling place in south city during the 2012 presidential election (an experience I am not quick to have again). This time I'm standing on the other side of the polling position.

I also have to admit that part of it is to see my name on the election poll.

I don't actually expect to win. The position I'm running for, License Collector, is currently held by Mavis Thompson who seems to do a fine job of it. Even this morning she held a "Lessons in Tax Preparation"seminar for small business owners. Meanwhile, I talk to my cats more than actual humans during my day. 

I hope to use this blog more and more (since I'll have to put other projects on hold) to document my journey from today until election day. I'm not sure just how far I want to go with this since I still have a regular full time career to manage, but I'll keep you all posted. I don't plan to just fill out the paperwork and ignore it all until election day, but I'm not exactly going to run around kissing babies either. Either way, I have started a very odd journey and I'm kind of excited.