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State rep run

Postby Precision » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:55 am

I am seriously thinking about running for a State Rep position here in TN. The TN Constitution (smartly) requires me to wait until I am a resident for 3 years, so 2018 is not going to happen. This means I have lots of time to build up and make my decision for a 2020 run.

Help talk me into or out of this.

Currently my plan is to build out a platform in a Constitutional Conservative / libertarian (small "L" on purpose) agenda.

My advertising plan is to do over the top ads like Black Rifle Coffee Company. Quite a bit less emphasis on the sexual side, but just as much pointing and laughing at demonrat stupidity, even if it is not in my area. I will also do very pro gun pieces in ads.

I will campaign as being a candidate that will vote for Conservative ideals regardless of pressure.
Freedom Caucus ideals
2nd Amendment Caucus ideals

I will directly state that I will NOT serve as a Rep for more than 2 terms. If things are still in need, I will follow my own beliefs regarding politicians; two terms at any position, then up or out.
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Re: State rep run

Postby scipioafricanus » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:05 am

Go for it.
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Re: State rep run

Postby First Shirt » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:07 am

Where do we send campaign donations?
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Re: State rep run

Postby Vonz90 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:23 am

Precision wrote:I am seriously thinking about running for a State Rep position here in TN. The TN Constitution (smartly) requires me to wait until I am a resident for 3 years, so 2018 is not going to happen. This means I have lots of time to build up and make my decision for a 2020 run.

Help talk me into or out of this.

Currently my plan is to build out a platform in a Constitutional Conservative / libertarian (small "L" on purpose) agenda.

My advertising plan is to do over the top ads like Black Rifle Coffee Company. Quite a bit less emphasis on the sexual side, but just as much pointing and laughing at demonrat stupidity, even if it is not in my area. I will also do very pro gun pieces in ads.

I will campaign as being a candidate that will vote for Conservative ideals regardless of pressure.
Freedom Caucus ideals
2nd Amendment Caucus ideals

I will directly state that I will NOT serve as a Rep for more than 2 terms. If things are still in need, I will follow my own beliefs regarding politicians; two terms at any position, then up or out.


I hope you do, and good luck if you do. I ran for state rep in Mo back in the early 00s. Ended up loosing the primary by a couple hundred votes in the GOP primary to someone who had no chance of winning the general. However, she was supported by the other township GOP (the district split two townships) and the powers to be in that township did not want anyone from the other township to win come hell or high water, so they were way behind her while those in my township were mostly neutral. She was a nice gal and all, I endorsed her and all, but she was destroyed in the general. Not sure I would have won, but I know from acquaintances that the Dem's in the area were actively supporting her because they did not want to run their guy against me. Anyway, she lost what had previously been a GOP seat by 20 pts or so.

I am saying this to let you know that politics is very political. Get involved (I was at the time, which is how it came to pass) and make lots of friends, work on other peoples campaigns, donate money if you can. Learn a lot. Don't be surprised if you loose the first time. Also, maybe think about a smaller position first (town council or such) just to get your name out there.

Funny thing, one of the local Reps called me to ask me to run again a year later. She said that everyone who backed the one gal realized they screwed up and asked me to run again, but I was packing up my uniforms to go off to the desert for Uncle Sam at the time so it did not happen (wife was over it anyway).

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Re: State rep run

Postby Jered » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:27 am

Step 1; Buy a copy of Take Back Your Government by RAH.

Step 2: Memorize it.

Step 3: Profit
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Re: State rep run

Postby Windy Wilson » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:45 am

Be involved in local politics for the next three years, city or county. Volunteer for something for a local/state candidate in the party. Volunteer for something with a big city Commission, say Planning, Architectural review, building and safety. Recreation and parks might be easy to get into, but I don't know what you could get a name for. Maybe run for a big city city council or County Supervisor position? You want your name
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Re: State rep run

Postby Netpackrat » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:52 am

You seem like a decent, talented guy, not sure why you would want anything to do with that.
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Re: State rep run

Postby Precision » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:46 pm

Thanks for all the complements. NPR, I think yours is the strongest complement even if it is by way of besmirching the others. :lol:

To answer the question. I have never served my country and that is a regret. I allowed myself to be talked out of joining the military out of high school and again directly after 9/11. Other than my wife's death, that is my largest (and only self determined) regret. It is my opinion that it is wrong to sit idly and bitch when you can become involved, also if more "average" citizens pushed back things might actually change.

I win or I don't, but I plan to put some sunshine and directness into the process.

If I win at Rep, (a two year term) I might well run for a second term. Then if so motivated, run for State Senate or perhaps move to the big cesspool, I mean stage. In all likelihood, I will either have a seriously devoted following of voters for my direct honesty or a serious hatred from my constituents for not bringing home any pork. Either way, I am not planning on being a career politician. Two terms (or 8 years in any one position) is all I will allow myself.

Quite honestly, I may hate it so much after one two year term... I may tell them my record stands for itself. Vote me back in or don't, but I won't pester you for the "honor".
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Re: State rep run

Postby Precision » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:49 pm

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Re: State rep run

Postby Precision » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:50 pm

Precision wrote:
Vonz90 wrote:
Precision wrote:I am seriously thinking about running for a State Rep position here in TN.

...

I will campaign as being a candidate that will vote for Conservative ideals regardless of pressure.
Freedom Caucus ideals
2nd Amendment Caucus ideals

I will directly state that I will NOT serve as a Rep for more than 2 terms. If things are still in need, I will follow my own beliefs regarding politicians; two terms at any position, then up or out.


I hope you do, and good luck if you do. I ran for state rep in Mo back in the early 00s. Ended up loosing the primary by a couple hundred votes in the GOP primary to someone who had no chance of winning the general. However, she was supported by the other township GOP (the district split two townships) and the powers to be in that township did not want anyone from the other township to win come hell or high water, so they were way behind her while those in my township were mostly neutral. She was a nice gal and all, I endorsed her and all, but she was destroyed in the general. Not sure I would have won, but I know from acquaintances that the Dem's in the area were actively supporting her because they did not want to run their guy against me. Anyway, she lost what had previously been a GOP seat by 20 pts or so.

I am saying this to let you know that politics is very political. Get involved (I was at the time, which is how it came to pass) and make lots of friends, work on other peoples campaigns, donate money if you can. Learn a lot. Don't be surprised if you loose the first time. Also, maybe think about a smaller position first (town council or such) just to get your name out there.

Funny thing, one of the local Reps called me to ask me to run again a year later. She said that everyone who backed the one gal realized they screwed up and asked me to run again, but I was packing up my uniforms to go off to the desert for Uncle Sam at the time so it did not happen (wife was over it anyway).

If nothing else, you learn a lot.


I have already started doing that to some extent with a TN local grass roots gun organization. Several people in that group have suggested I run. I already have a few people willing to help with my campaign and a few people who are distinctly against / in fear of my running.

My wife would have been my biggest cheerleader and the best campaign manager ever, but alas.

I may lean on you for some insights if this does get some steam rolling.

I imagine I will learn a lot.
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Re: State rep run

Postby Weetabix » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:29 pm

First Shirt wrote:Where do we send campaign donations?

I'd kick in, too.

Can Oleg get you in touch with any groups who could support you?
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Re: State rep run

Postby Vonz90 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:00 pm

Precision wrote:
I have already started doing that to some extent with a TN local grass roots gun organization. Several people in that group have suggested I run. I already have a few people willing to help with my campaign and a few people who are distinctly against / in fear of my running.

My wife would have been my biggest cheerleader and the best campaign manager ever, but alas.

I may lean on you for some insights if this does get some steam rolling.

I imagine I will learn a lot.


Gun rights and other topic specific groups are great, because they tend to be motivated, but you also need to think about the big group of mushy middle voters (both in the primary and the general, although they are different groups in each).

Be who you are, but think about how what you say will be taken by someone who does not care about your specific issues. Think of it in terms of what would be the worst possible way to take something you are saying. Not even as news, think word of mouth or even "whisper campaign" type stuff.

Also, look at who may be running / who has the seat now. Open seat = great, go for it. Dem = great go for it. Incumbent GOP State Rep - that will be a much tougher sell in the primary and unless they are very damaged goods I would not even bother.

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Re: State rep run

Postby Rich » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:26 pm

Beware of people from both parties trying to compromise your ethics, promising the Moon only to jerk the promise back at the last moment (Lucy to your Charley Brown).
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Re: State rep run

Postby Precision » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:32 pm

Jered wrote:Step 1; Buy a copy of Take Back Your Government by RAH.

Step 2: Memorize it.

Step 3: Profit


I have read about 1/3 so far. Good stuff. Funny BECAUSE it's true.
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Re: State rep run

Postby Rumpshot » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:38 pm

Name recognition. Get your name published anywhere you can. It doesn't matter if they know who you are, but a name that is recognized goes to the front of the line.
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