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Thu May 24, 2012, 09:04 PM

It looks like I'm going to run for State House.

Through an interesting series of events I'll likely be the Democratic candidate for my legislative district, seeking in November to defeat a 4-term Republican with a sizable (mostly out-of-state, I think) war chest. I've always relied on DU for inspiration and perspective about politics, and I'll continue to check in, both to post how the campaign is going and to seek encouragement and fresh ideas about the process.

Yippee! Here we go!

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Reply It looks like I'm going to run for State House. (Original post)
Ron Green May 2012 OP
Sherman A1 May 2012 #1
alstephenson May 2012 #2
PearliePoo2 May 2012 #3
Ron Green May 2012 #10
happerbolic May 2012 #24
Ron Green May 2012 #38
happerbolic May 2012 #41
JDPriestly May 2012 #36
Gregorian May 2012 #4
cynatnite May 2012 #5
Earth_First May 2012 #6
freshwest May 2012 #7
felix_numinous May 2012 #8
BlueToTheBone May 2012 #9
Ron Green May 2012 #15
BlueToTheBone May 2012 #20
The Wielding Truth May 2012 #11
Ron Green May 2012 #17
jannyk May 2012 #12
Ron Green May 2012 #19
greytdemocrat May 2012 #13
ellisonz May 2012 #14
Liberal_Dog May 2012 #16
WillyT May 2012 #18
spanone May 2012 #21
longship May 2012 #22
NS2012 May 2012 #23
DFW May 2012 #25
Swede Atlanta May 2012 #26
tabbycat31 May 2012 #27
Rosa Luxemburg May 2012 #28
Stan Smith May 2012 #29
Skinner May 2012 #30
Uncle Joe May 2012 #31
vaberella May 2012 #32
Canuckistanian May 2012 #33
progressoid May 2012 #34
onestepforward May 2012 #35
Paka May 2012 #37
eridani May 2012 #39
Ron Green May 2012 #67
JCMach1 May 2012 #40
Art_from_Ark May 2012 #42
JCMach1 May 2012 #43
Scuba May 2012 #44
duhneece May 2012 #45
Surya Gayatri May 2012 #46
Generic Other May 2012 #47
MineralMan May 2012 #48
Odin2005 May 2012 #49
scoostraw May 2012 #50
SheilaT May 2012 #51
Ron Green May 2012 #58
treestar May 2012 #52
AsahinaKimi May 2012 #53
geardaddy May 2012 #54
Loki May 2012 #55
secondwind May 2012 #56
MoreGOPoop May 2012 #57
Amaril May 2012 #59
hwmnbn May 2012 #60
cp May 2012 #61
SunSeeker May 2012 #62
Dont call me Shirley May 2012 #63
UnrepentantLiberal May 2012 #64
WCGreen May 2012 #65
nradisic May 2012 #66
Liberal_in_LA May 2012 #68
Omaha Steve Jun 2012 #69

Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:06 PM

1. Best of Luck!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:08 PM

2. Good luck!

Good for you.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:09 PM

3. Where are you at?

Is this your first run for office?

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Response to PearliePoo2 (Reply #3)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:21 PM

10. I'm in Oregon's 15th District, and

yes, it's my first run for office. I retired last year and I've got a good resume (better than the incumbent), but not as much cash yet.

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Response to Ron Green (Reply #10)

Thu May 24, 2012, 10:06 PM

24. Truly amazes me...

 

...how any district near the Portland area can be held by a Republican. Eastern Oregon areas a very plausible, wonder how come the Western Part?


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Response to happerbolic (Reply #24)

Fri May 25, 2012, 01:14 AM

38. Social issues, mostly, and some hard times with

employer layoffs and closings that haven't been fully understood. I'm reasonably sure ALEC has been in operation in this state for a right long time.

On edit: Your map is of Senate, not House, districts. HD15 is in SD8, an hour south of Portland.

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Response to Ron Green (Reply #38)

Fri May 25, 2012, 02:37 AM

41. whoop...yep,...

 

... my fubar, needed to see the post title a little better, thanks for this.

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Response to Ron Green (Reply #10)

Fri May 25, 2012, 12:14 AM

36. I'm happy to hear you are not working.

My advice: start walking door to door. If you are married, get your wife out there meeting people.

The big secret is meeting people and feeling love for them.

About 25 years ago, a young woman appeared at our door. She talked to my husband and daughter. They liked her, and my husband and I spoke to her. She has run in many elections, served in different offices over the years and is one of the most popular and powerful politicians in the LA area.

Her secret was talking to many, many, many people one-on-one about her political views and her plans.

I like to tell people who are running for office about her because she succeeded without a lot of money. People who actually meet you and talk to you and like you will vote for you no matter how much money the other candidate has.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:10 PM

4. A DU'er in office would be someone I'd trust with my life. YAY!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:10 PM

5. Best of Luck! n/t

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:10 PM

6. Good luck...

I would have to run on an 'explitive' platform.

i.e. Every other word would be an explitive as a result of my frustration and cynicism.

Good luck, you have greater patience than I!

Keep us posted!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:14 PM

7. Wow! Please cross post on the OR, DFA groups and DFA.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:16 PM

8. Outstanding!

It will be interesting to hear from you about your experiences from time to time, if you have the time!!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:16 PM

9. When does your filing period end?

We've just completed our primaries.

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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #9)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:34 PM

15. I'm replacing a candidate who filed

and had to drop out.

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Response to Ron Green (Reply #15)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:40 PM

20. I didn't know you could do that.

Good Luck!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:22 PM

11. Where is your site, so we can support you?

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Response to The Wielding Truth (Reply #11)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:35 PM

17. Just starting to get the online presence going.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:22 PM

12. Where in Oregon? I'm in Oregon, Lane County. nt

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Response to jannyk (Reply #12)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:36 PM

19. Linn County,

Neighbor.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:28 PM

13. That's pretty cool!

It's always interesting when a Fellow DUer runs!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:28 PM

14. Democracy for America can help:

Apply for endorsement: http://www.democracyforamerica.com/

DFA Training Manual: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1105104



P.S. Good Luck

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:34 PM

16. K & R

Good Luck!!!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:36 PM

18. HUGE K & R !!! - Thank You !!!

 



Good Luck !!!


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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:45 PM

21. GREAT!!!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:50 PM

22. Rec this to top of greatest.

R&

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:57 PM

23. Greater wealth

 

will most likely defeat you.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 10:07 PM

25. Are you in touch with DFA?

Do they know about you at all? I can put you in touch with Jim Dean, if you want. They are pretty heavily involved with the Wisconsin thing at the moment, but that will be done in two weeks or so, and then the rest of the country gets their full attention.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 10:15 PM

26. Best of luck to you!!!!

 

When you get the campaign up and running reach out to DUers for financial support. I'm sure there are many, like myself, that would support you.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 10:24 PM

27. Good luck to you

As a campaign staffer, I would always be willing to give free advice to a DUer.

I've been to more political trainings than I can count on one hand, but this is a series of webinars that I did earlier this year.

http://candidateproject.org/cms/academy/

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 10:31 PM

28. Great news!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 10:44 PM

29. Good luck!

We need as many good progressives in as many offices that we can get them in.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 10:53 PM

30. Awesome.

Good luck!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 10:56 PM

31. That's excellent news!

Best of luck to you Ron.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 10:56 PM

32. Finally DUers are taking initiative

I'm so happy and proud of you. So many claim progressives but get disheartened by the politics. At least we outsiders can come in and change that. I'm happy you're doing this and I will totally support you in this.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 10:59 PM

33. Well, that calls for a celebration

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 11:04 PM

34. We're all pulling for you!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 11:30 PM

35. Wishing you the best!

Thank you!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 12:14 AM

37. I grew up in Oregon...

and I still have friends and relatives there. Some of my relatives are wacko rw nuts, but my friends are all good progressives. I'm in Thailand now, but I'll get busy and spread the word.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 02:15 AM

39. DH's family lives in the 16th

We'll be visiting them soon, and I'll let them know about your candidacy.

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Response to eridani (Reply #39)

Sat May 26, 2012, 07:26 PM

67. Thanks! That's just next door, in Corvallis, and

they likely know voters in my district.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 02:21 AM

40. I did this in 2002 in Florida my Republican opponent spent more than $500,000 to defeat

my paltry little 25K I managed to raise.

The hardest part is that it is A LOT OF WORK... you have no idea until you do it. The other thing is, running against the odds you have to be psychologically prepared for defeat. And, even if you are, it can still hurt like hell because you have put so much work and effort into it.

Good luck if you decide to do it!

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Response to JCMach1 (Reply #40)

Fri May 25, 2012, 02:53 AM

42. I remember your campaign

Has it already been 10 years? Anyway, it's sad that you lost. It's really hard for the "Mr. Smiths" of the political world to take on the entrenched moneyed politicians.

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #42)

Fri May 25, 2012, 04:09 AM

43. I learned just how entrenched and disgusting money and business is in politics...

It has been 10 yrs... my goodness time flies.

There are so many factors you can't control in politics. I doubt if I ever might have won. However, Democrats in FL were absolutely swamped during that cycle across the board.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 05:55 AM

44. Thank you, and best of luck!!!

 

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 08:02 AM

45. You inspire me! nt

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 08:10 AM

46. You go boy! Just tell the unvarnished truth.

 

Sooner or later, as the old adage goes, truth will out and truth will win!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 08:52 AM

47. Best of luck to you!

Let us know how DU can help!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 09:19 AM

48. Bravo!

Best of luck on your campaign.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 09:44 AM

49. Good luck!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 10:26 AM

50. Good luck to you!

Good luck !!!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 10:40 AM

51. Go door to door as much as you possibly can.

 

The conventional wisdom is to do this on weekends and in the evenings when people are home from work. In reality, some significant number/percentage of people work some kind of shift work. If you go door-to-door midday on weekdays you will get a surprising number of people. A couple of weeks before school starts at the end of summer, you will also get all the stay-at-home moms in the middle of the day.

I hope your local Democratic Party can supply you with voter registration lists. They are incredibly helpful.

Pay attention to yard signs. It is my opinion that there's no point in knocking on the doors of those who have yard signs which indicate a right-wing belief and voting system.

Follow up the encounters with postcards. Send a postcard to every single person who said they'd vote for you, every single person that seems persuadable, and perhaps even those who are not at home when you knocked on the door.

If you have a good group of supporters, organize them to help you out going door-to-door. It is pretty effective when someone shows up and says "The candidate is a friend of mjine and this is why you should vote for him." After each one of these mass door-to-door things, give each participant a certificate that you've designed yourself, signed and dated. At least offer to feed them, or order pizza or something for afterwards.

If you have relatives who will help, they are also effective. ESPECIALLY a sibling.

Brand everything you hand out. Decide on some kind of logo or symbol and color scheme, and put it on EVERYTHING you hand out. Participate in local events such as 4th of July parades that take place in or very near your district. Don't waste time and energy on events that will have few or no potential voters for you.

If there is a community college or high school in your district, consider offering internships to students for some kind of credit. Sometimes high schools (especially public ones) won't do this for students participating in partisan electoral stuff. But community colleges are a different story. Find out who teaches history or political science at the CC and contact those teachers during the summer. Have an organized plan to show them why they should give students credit for working with you. [This is one thing I did not do, but would have had I run a second time]

Make sure the card you hand out at the door (or at any events you attend) is simple, summarizes who you are, a small amount of personal information, and three or four bullet points of what you stand for, what you will do once in office. You could also hold a "Meet the Candidate" thing in cofee shops, libraries, or the like within your district.

Everything you print up ought to have a union label on it.

I did all of the above when I ran for the Kansas State House in 2004. I lost, largely because I was up against a popular, moderate, incumbent Republican. But I did well enough that the Democratic party saw that the district was potentially winnable, and in 2006 the man who ran won, and won again in 2008. He lost in 2010 to a right-wing Republican in the awful right-wing Republican takeover of practicdally everywhere that year. I no longer live in Kansas, and I probably won't run for office where I now live in New Mexico.

Good luck to you!

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #51)

Fri May 25, 2012, 12:33 PM

58. Thanks for this post.

A generous amount of information, all of which I know I can use. I've been warned about my association with DU, and already rw posters are stirring things up, but I'm not in the least ashamed of membership in a group of astute, rational and caring people such as this one.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 10:42 AM

52. Good on you!

Now that's doing something!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 10:44 AM

53. ganbatte ne!

Do your best!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 10:46 AM

54. Excellent RG!

Best of luck! And keep us updated.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 10:57 AM

55. Wonderful!

It's always good news when good democrats decide to serve. Good luck and keep the troops up to date.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 11:17 AM

56. Awesome! Always proud of a DUer who gets this involved!!!!!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 12:17 PM

57. K & R

Wishing you luck from Arkansastan!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 12:51 PM

59. K & R!!

Best of luck, Ron! Let us know what we can DU to help!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 12:55 PM

60. woohoo!!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 12:59 PM

61. Congratulations! May I suggest Camp Wellstone?

Best preparation for campaigning was participating in Camp Wellstone. http://www.wellstone.org/our-programs/camp-wellstone Great teachers and fellow new campaigners! Great, great training. It helped me learn how to campaign successfully. Yes, I did have to go door to door in classic Paul Wellstone fashion, which initially freaked me out (as an introvert). But I did it, came to enjoy meeting and chatting with people, and I WON. (town board)
Thank you for stepping up!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 01:26 PM

62. Thank you for your service!

Our country needs more people like you!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 06:52 PM

63. Good for you. I hope you win!

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 06:57 PM

64. Awesome.

 

K&R

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 06:57 PM

65. Good luck...

I ran for the State House here in Ohio twice and it was hard and it was grueling but I wouldn't trade my experience for anything...

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 07:14 PM

66. We need more Dems like you

Kudos man and keep us in the loop. DU will do what we can to help a fellow Democrat get elected.

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Sat May 26, 2012, 07:59 PM

68. kick

 

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Response to Ron Green (Original post)

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 02:28 PM

69. Great news!


K&R!

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