Should I Run For City Council In 2018?

19 Feb

I mean, look at these voting stats from 2014:

http://cityofcarlsbadnm.com/2014OfficialTabulation.pdf

This city has a population of at least 25,000, and perhaps quite a bit more. I am in Ward 1.

I normally wouldn’t consider this, but look at that low voter turnout. People drift in and out of city council, other than the people emplaced there by the mining-driven ruling powers.

Ward 1 is largely Chicana y Chicano, which I am not. But the people who aren’t, are almost all Republicans, here.

I remember voting for City Council some years back, and there was only a write-in candidate for Ward 1. This year, all four wards have unopposed candidates running.

I figure I will have to start going to their meetings if I decide to be serious about this. Get to know what they look like. Read the municipal ordinances online.

It’s just weird that I probably could win, with a little effort, even though I would likely set these people’s hair on end, overall. Talk about a club nobody wants to join.

On the other hand, it’s not like I have much of anything else going on.

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14 Responses to “Should I Run For City Council In 2018?”

  1. storyending 2016/02/19 at 7:17 pm #

    As much as I’m a non-reformist, I’m finding myself immediately responding with “Yes, you should do it” just for the whole ‘can it be done?’ aspect of it. Conditions being that a) you have safety mechanisms to access, b) you have emotional/psychological support in your life, and c) you feel stable enough to deal with the inevitable horrors of interacting with real live people with a whole range of problems/modes/suppressed rage.

    But then when I come back down to earth after envisioning the path to a female presidency (I’m assuming you’re American?) starting in Ward 1, I say “Please don’t”. It’s a brutal men’s arena, and if they don’t end up killing you literally or metaphorically, then you might lose your radicalness and become one of them and saying shit like “Vote with your vagina, ladies! It’s time the White House turned Pink!!!”. Can’t have that.

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    • Miep 2016/02/19 at 7:25 pm #

      Thank you very much, storyending, for this terrific and honest response. I love it!

      However, this is a bit of a long term project, and I would not run without first going to a lot of meetings and scoping these dudes out. Also occasionally women run, and you never know who you might run into in the audience.

      “Can it be done?” resonates with me a lot. What are they gonna do, send me to Carlsbad, NM?

      I don’t think I’d try to push my political agenda, but I don’t think I’d sell out to theirs, either. The population here is preponderantly quite right-wing, anyway.

      To be perfectly honest, if I decide to pursue this path, I’m most likely to just blog the hell out of it. Starting with attending the meetings.

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      • storyending 2016/02/19 at 7:28 pm #

        That last bit, about the blogging, that is what I hoped for, and I’d be reading – even with bells on!

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    • Miep 2016/02/19 at 7:27 pm #

      Also, I got you on feeling stable enough. That’s why first attending meetings. But even if I managed to win office, I could always leave. And continue to blog the hell out of it.

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