Monday, September 19, 2016
President Obama speaking in Illinois on February 10th 2016 said politicans do not pick the voters, the voters pick the politicans. I think that statement should be true don t you ? For the second election cycle in a row, democrats have chosen an outsider to represent them on the ballot.This time the candidate is from Brooklyn. The candidate spends more time there than in this district..shouldn't that candidate be representing people from Brooklyn rather than the people of the 19th congressional district of new york? the democratic candidate chose the voters..the primary vote was hardly a mandate for her candidacy.the voters were not just paying enough attention..
Sunday, September 18, 2016
I tried to make the ballot but was unable to come up the three thousand five signatures that an independent is required to make the ballot..however I did manage to gather more signatures than the democrats or republicans are required to make the ballot which is only 1250. The rules favor democrats and republicans they petition before an independent and most importantly they are required to get about one-third as many signatures..I managed one newspaper article and no radio interviews to date..I am not giving up. Independents represent 55% of the electorate yet they are citizens without a voice. For the last three election cycles I have focused upon being an independent voice not aligned with any political party..I have not done well..but that is to be expected..lack of media attention et cetera..In the last election cycle in case you do not remember, democrats chose sean eldridge, a very wealthy entrepreneur,to represent them on the ballot..he had not resided in this district very long..democrats chose to ignore the fact that he was a carpetbagger..but he did have lots of cash..millions in fact . He tried to buy the election..Chris Gibson beat him badly. This election cycle the democrats have chosen zephyr teachout. I met ms. teachout during the democratic primary at a local debate I went over to her after and introduced myself as an independent running against her..she asked me why..we were interrupted and I never got the chance for my reply..Here it is..I do not believe that democrats and republicans represent the people..I do not believe that the electorate should vote for a representative that is required most of their time in washington to raise money for their respective parties and hardly legislate for the people who put them there..and thereby yielding to the overwhelming influence of lobbyists..I do not believe that it is fair that a candidate sneak into a district at the eleventh hour and run for a congressional seat. I ran into an old opponent in woodstock one day recently and asked him why he was not running for congress again..he replied that teachout seemed to be a juggernaut coming from a her strong showing against cuomo in 2014..that s too bad I thought..My belief is that the candidates message is important..winning is one thing..Letting your vote make difference toYOU is another. Change is important..but it has to come from you! It is my hope that this November 8th 2016 that everyone who really wants change uses their vote to write in Thom Jenkins at the bottom slot on the ballot under House of Representatives.
Monday, June 27, 2016
On june 28th democrats and republicans will have their individual closed primaries. Their opportunity to petition the ballot began in march and closed in april. those candidates needed 1250 signatures to participate according to state election law. I have attended two debates for the democrats and listened closely to republican debate on capitol tonight on cable. It is june and my turn has finally come. I have petitioning since my first day the 21st of june. I look forward to meeting more of you this election cycle. Over the past two election cycles I have personally spoken to more than 5000 people in the district.My magic number to make the ballot is a minimum of 3500 valid signatures; it is a lot of work and I assure you that it is not easy. I think the message is important.. Because i did not make the ballot in either of the two previous election cycles I ran as a write-in ;to no ones surprise I did not win but proudly received a number of votes each time. The behavior of the electorate has illustrated a pattern that has not changed our nation s government in Washington. Same old story..same old result. While I do not pretend to your knight in shining armor and the savior of our republic; I will declare that there must be a new chapter in American politics. The 2016 election cycle has been very exciting..whether or not you like a bernie sanders or a donald trump both have come out and said the electoral system is not fair it is corrupt and rigged. I do not believe that we can prove it but we can at least acknowledge it. It is no different than any other system. Unfortunately, we have tried to export it in Iraq and Afghanistan and we have been seeing the results with the sacrifices of our servicemen and women along with NATO forces. I love my country..the system is not working for our families. We need solutions not a political stalemate. We can justifiably point our collective fingers at the two party system that does not represent the people. It is time for a new chapter in American politics; it is time for the electorate to wake up and have a shift of consciousness...try something else..there is no reason not too! I have been quietly voicing that. position. Quite frankly I want everyone in the district to vote for me come this tuesday november 8th 2016. Tell washington enough is enough..the new chapter begins NOW! But first, I need your support on my petition. Please sign my petition between June 21st and july 26th to make sure that your voice is heard in washington ..for years to come..I believe in my message..I promise to be an outspoken advocate for you not a political party. SIGN THE PETITION and thank you to all those people who have already signed.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
on the second of june 2016 I formally announced in the Woodstock Times that I would run for congress for the third time..it is not an easy task..the hardest part is making the ballot. In 2012 I managed to get 2887 signatures out of the 3500 needed to make the ballot for an independent; In 2014, I tried again ; I fell short 2156 signatures out of the required 3500. In both of those election cycles, I ran as a write-in. It is the 2016 election cycle..I am determined to make the ballot. The 19th congressional district of new york which I am running for has been held by chris gibson since 2012; he is not seeking a third term. I am the only candidate to have tried to repeatedly win the district. To refresh your memory , I am running on three principles: 1 government must have a conscience,2 the two party system (democrats and republicans) do NOT represent the people and 3 money should not buy representation. You can review my platform by simply going back through my blog which represents my thoughts on various issues to see where I stand. I will be updating you throughout . My petition period begins on june 21 and runs through july; my petition is due in Albany by early August.In order to sign my petition, you must be a registered voter living within the district and you must not have signed anyone elses petition; you can be a democrat . an independent .a republican ,a green that is the only benefit I have. The 19th Congressional District of New York consists of the counties of Ulster ,Greene, part of Dutchess down to and including Hyde Park, Columbia, Deleware,Sullivan, Schoharie,Otsego,and part of Broome, Rensselaer,and part of Montgomery. I look forward to representing YOU!
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Congress is the most powerful branch of government, and herein lies the problem. Year after year election cycle after election cycle, congress fails to enact legislation that our nation desperately needs. The two party system thinks more of their own individual party agendas rather than the needs of the nation. I ran as a write -in independent candidate in 2012 and 2014..I received little attention. I intent to get a lot of attention in 2016. I believe that there is a need for independents in Congress. As an independent I have no allegiance to either party. I have left my blog on from previous campaigns..I hope that when it comes time to sign my petition to get on the ballot that you will support me. Democrats and Republicans have an advantage over an independent,such as myself , because 1 the two major parties petition before me and secondly they need fewer signatures. I look forward to meeting more of the electorate,joining in debates and getting equal media attention. I hope that more independent minded candidates stand up to the establishment this election cycle..there are 434 seats to be won...independents must muster a strong fight to break the gridlock in Washington.