As we get into the off-season voting time in the U.S. I've been thinking that many of the religious nut jobs that make it to higher office start out as the proverbial dog catcher, or in some small city, county, or regional office that begins in the off-season voting.

They are often voted in by a handful of people, sometimes in their churches which occasionally are the voting locations. As a result of their direct constituency, they seem to be all to often the extremists of the bunch.

So my question is not whether anyone on these boards might run this time, but whether you ever ran for any elected office. How did it go? Did you have constituencies of your own you had to answer to? What did you learn while in office?

Lastly, I do want to mention that if you do vote in these upcoming small elections, your vote counts for as much as 20 times the value they have in a presidential election season. 

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I have run for office as a third party candidate.  I did not win.

Odd numbered years are very quiet in Colorado.  The only things on the ballot this November in Colorado will be some ballot initiatives.  Maybe some local offices like fire board, school board, etc.  The state legislature is elected during even years, and the governor, treasurer, secretary of state, etc are elected in the non-leap years (2010, 2014, 2018).  Similarly for county offices like Sheriff, Coroner, County Clerk, and County Commissioner--non leap even years.  (Coroner, you may ask?  Who gives a flying fuck, why is THAT an elected office?  Well it turns out the coroner is the only person with authority to arrest the sheriff.)

I like the idea of getting some knowledge on the man/woman who will very well be handling my or my family's dead bodies.

Actually, I think it does. I learned a lot about public speaking when I was the president of my residence hall in college. And how certain people in society automatically start sucking up to anyone with a title. That part was really weird. 

I have not run personally but trying to do so has been heavy on my mind. Within my lifetime I've never known any candidate to win without mentioning his faith and how it influences him heavily. That, to me, does not sound like separation of church and state. Faith has done and will do harm to and for, the public's "best interest". Now it would be political suicide to come right out and say you're an atheist. The Religious Right has helped to form the "Faithful" backbone of the average American political opinion. Faithful (in the divine sense at lease) should never, ever be seen in the same sentence as "political opinion" but to avoid that in this world you would essentially have to tear down modern government. I'm not entirely opposed to such a thing but in a more legitimate sense, I would love to see a good following behind a reason and proof based Congressman.

Voting is important, I believe in America, not God.

That is my concern. The 'vocal minority' is controlling the conversation.
I have run for a tram, I have run for a train, but never for an office.

I held office in some clubs at school and university but that doesn't count.

My dad ran the campaign for a third party candidate who lost by a narrow margin--I believe it was a few hundred votes. Not sure if it was for city or state government. That was decades ago.

Yeah, I always vote in every election. I don't think it matters all that much, given the dedication of the opposition party, but I'm sentimental like that.


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