Updated: Mar 3
As I have alluded to in my previous blog post, and elsewhere on this Website, I ran for Governor in the 2018 election that Tony Evers ended up winning. This has also come up a few times while knocking on doors and talking with voters. So I thought I would save everyone some time and write a blog post that explains why I ran, and how the same platform used to run for Governor in 2018 applies to running to be Alderperson of District 4 in Appleton in 2020. So buckle up and read on!
A Simple Platform
There were a lot of reasons why I ran for Governor, and I was quite serious about it. However, in the end, my campaign didn’t gather the momentum I thought it had the potential for when I started. Nevertheless, the same things I spoke about when running for Governor still apply to running for Alderperson here in Appleton. Namely that:
Our government should represent people, not money and not corporations
We should strive to leave things better than we found them
We need to remember to be kind, both in politics, and in life.
After watching the following video, which is the interview I feel best summarizes why I was running for Governor and the platform, let me know what you think about the aforementioned concepts as I explained them in the interview. And then if you agree, join me in applying them here in Appleton.
An Analysis of the 2018 Results
The second thing I’d like to talk about from the 2018 Governors race, as it relates to last week’s post about applying term limits and limiting large campaign donations at the local level, is just how much money gets spent in elections. It is way too much and it was the reason why I pledged to spend less than $500 while running my campaign for Governor in 2018. Which was what I did. And I am very proud of the fact that I had the lowest per vote acquisition cost of any candidate.
I am also proud to have been in the company of the other non-major party candidates, Michael White, Maggie Turnbull, and Phil Anderson, who also spent less than $1 per vote. This stands in stark contrast with the Democratic and Republican candidates, who spent an outlandish amount of official campaign money to acquire votes. And if you add in the dark money it gets worse! Adding that money almost doubles the amount spent for each Walker vote acquired (from $18.49 to $35.09) and nearly triples it for each Evers vote acquired (from $7.81 to $21.85).
And this doesn’t even include the free media coverage they received in the form of newspaper articles, local news and radio coverage, and the debate that was televised statewide. Look at this table I put together and you tell, me – Do you think we need to reform our election and campaign finance system?
You might ask how this impacts local elections here in Appleton. For that, I’ll refer you back to last weeks blog post. While of course we aren’t spending the same amount in total, you’d be surprised at how much was spent per vote in the Appleton Mayoral primary last month. And if you want to look at crazy numbers, do a little digging and check out how much was spent in recent Green Bay Mayoral elections. I think I can speak for many Appleton citizens in saying that we don’t want that to happen here. If you elect me to Alderperson, I will be sure to bring forth proposals to apply The American Anti-Corruption Act to the local level.
[NB] I believe there may be some people who have conflated the word 'corruption' in the name of The American Anti-Corruption Act I've referenced here and in my previous blog post with current or previous candidates or office holders here in Appleton as being corrupt. That is not what I was implying. I would like to clarify that I have not and I am not now accusing, implying, or otherwise suggesting that any current or previous candidates or office holders here in Appleton are in any way corrupt or have broken any laws. But I am stating that I do believe that the system itself is corrupt, that it is ripe for abuse and conflicts of interest, and that it doesn't serve the needs of the people that it is supposed to represent.
 The original interview video has been scrubbed from YouTube, and to the best of my knowledge is only available at the internet archive, which is a great for finding much of what has disappeared or otherwise been removed from the Internet. Check them out at https://archive.org/, they have a ton of really cool stuff. From their About page: "The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge."  For the issues with Green Bay, pre-existing money, outside money, and non-partisanship, see here: https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2019/02/25/green-bay-mayor-eric-genrich-patrick-buckley-say-race-isnt-political/2928262002/