As a candidate that is not raising money and without a public profile, endorsements are a helpful way to fight campaign obscurity. I’ve posted all the organizations who have reached out to me and my answers here.
It surprised me to learn that many very powerful organizations pick who they’ll endorse without considering all the candidates. While this is probably standard practice in politics, to me it suggests cronyism is alive and well. This practice is probably effective at scaring people into not running for the office. However, if the intent of the organization is to find the best candidate they should make their endorsement decisions after they evaluate all the candidates.
We’ve got to hold our leaders to higher standards.
Here are organizations that made endorsements for the District 7 BART Director race without considering all candidates. Endorsements were either given before the candidate filing period was over or didn’t engage all the candidates.
This list will be updated as information becomes available are known.
This is part of a larger effort to make this campaign overly transparent.
My goal is to spend nothing on this campaign except an average of 1 hour per day. This is so that more of my peers will find it appealing and choose to run. I realize that spending nothing is nearly impossible so here is a list of every cost to the campaign. All costs are rounded up to the nearest dollar.
TOTAL COST: $34
This post will be updated if I spend more money on the campaign.
Here is a short description of what it takes to file the necessary paperwork to run for the BART Board of Directors in District 7 if you live in Alameda county. San Francisco and Contra Costa counties should have similar processes considering all the departments report to the Secretary of State.
Overall the process to signup for to run in the election took a total of 2 hours and did not cost money. This can't be the reason more people don't run for office.
For the sake of transparency, here are the documents I filled out.
In 2012 Mr Mallett won with 37k votes and the runner up received 33k votes. http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/cc/race/7736/
The details for Alameda County can be found here. http://acgov.org/rov/current_election/
What you'll find.
This blog is a raw dump of information about how to create the worlds best mass transit system in the Bay Area.