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The $100 Project
By JGillman, Section News
Hey guess what? The filing deadline for Michigan candidates to appear on the August 07, 2012 ballot, is May 15, 2012.
We want conservatives to consider becoming candidates for Michigan state representative in their districts. We call it the $100 project, because its as easy as laying out 100 skins to make a difference and drive the discussion about conservative values. Anyone 21 and older who is registered to vote can participate.
For less than the cost of a month's worth of cappuccino, YOU TOO can file as a candidate for the office of Michigan State Representative for your district! See the world! See Lansing! Make new friends! All for a single Benjamin!:
Seriously. The prerequisite lobotomy is waived this year for the $100 project.
Interested? Join us below the fold!
First you might ask WHY would we have a $100 project?
Great question, glad you asked.
What happens if there is no one who represents your values running in your district by the time the filing date arrives? Then you can at least be on the ballot to represent the point of view YOU enjoy. YOU can influence the talking points, the stated agenda, and the conversation held with regard to conservative views. No longer can the milquetoast views of pandering politicos be the only meme of the day from the filing date on. The mushy moderates we see too often can be forced to acknowledge conservatism until at least August 7!
That is THREE Months of the RIGHT kind of messaging!
Think of the naturally conservative issues being ignored right now in favor of environmental extremism, the DRIC, the EDC payola, ignoring Right-To-Work, and so many others. By golly we need to have our folks talking about OUR things when they are in office.
Fact is, if you look at the presidential race, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have caused Mittens to keep the elephant on the shake-away screen for a lot longer than it would have been. Who knows? Perhaps even Mittens might internalize some of that crazy right wing rhetoric we like to pass amongst ourselves? Makes me like Newt and Rick even more.
Think of it as insurance.
Think of it as a way to keep OUR issues on the forefront. A measly $100, that nearly anyone can afford without too much trouble, and in the right circumstance, could get them a great job with a nice benny package for a couple years. But truly, as insurance, it provides a fallback in the event of scandal, change in paradigm, or just as an answer to stupidity on the house floor by incumbents who think they are worth re-electing.
This is not to say all (or even a great number) of those incumbents are deserving of replacement, but as we have seen, even folks on high ground have been known to build an ark .. just in case.
Office qualifications: To be eligible for the office of State Representative a person must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age and a registered and qualified elector of the district he or she wishes to represent by the filing deadline. (Art. IV, Sec. 7, of State Constitution; MCL 168.161)
And most candidates can simply walk it down to the county clerk's office.
There are some districts that require filing a little differently:
Filing official: A candidate who seeks the office of State Representative in a multi-county
Still a piece of cake.
Folks, the bottom line is we have a lot of good representatives. But the laws of chance place a number of not so brilliant (or conservative ) legislators along with them. An opportunity for the voters to have a more representative choice in the primary, even if only from a $100 filing and paper candidacy would send a message.
$100. A day's wage for the average Joe. Pick a party, and deliver the conservative goods. Give the voters a real choice.
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