Okay, I admit it I have grown tired just sitting there and letting everyone else decide what goes on. I have finally returned to an active (ish) political life. In the 1990’s I stood as a candidate for the last appointed school board position in Arlington, VA but was not successful. The following election cycle I was going to run for the County Board of Arlington, VA but got started too late to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot, so instead I got a few people to write my name in on the ballot.
Fast-forward twenty or so years.
Last spring I became active in the Democratic Party of Dona Ana County, New Mexico. I filled the vacant spot of a Precinct Chair (100% of the winning candidates in my precinct totals were blue on election night) and I ran as a delegate for Hillary Clinton to the DNC. I also did some volunteer social media work and app testing for the HRC campaign. As well I helped out two state-wide candidates as the Dona Ana County Captain for their campaigns – one was successful, Julie Vargas, and unfortunately the other, Michael Vigil was not.
In December, I decided it was time to throw my hat back in the ring and I returned to my roots and filed as a candidate for the Las Cruces School Board from district 2. Unfortunately I was not successful on election night in February, but now I was hooked. In March I filed the paperwork with the FEC to form a committee to explore running for the US House seat from the 2nd District in New Mexico. Exploring was fine for a week or two, but I think I wanted to run in any case, so on April 1st I filed the paperwork to officially declare as a democratic candidate in the 2018 election cycle. I threw together a quickie website (http://www.ron2018.org) and am currently trying to decide how best to proceed from here.
Locally I am still involved with the local democratic party as a member of the County Central Committee and I did make a play for the SCC, but missed by a few votes.