Monday, June 27, 2016

Now its my turn...

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

will my third attempt be a charm?

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

If at First You Don't Succeed...Try, Try, Again

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.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

je suis charlie aussi,mais

we are all charlie in one way or another . The horror in Paris was appalling to us all. The interpretation was that it was an attack on free speech and the fundamentals of democracy. I believe that the underlying cause is inequality. World leaders are fumbling around "blindfolded"..this is simply nihilistic jihadists reacting to a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed. There is an ever growing gap between the rich and others.Imagine yourself without a proper education, without the ability to have a good job to provide for yourself and your loved ones,imagine living in poor conditions..imagine the only thing that you actually have is your faith. Throughout the world's history, religious beliefs have been a cause of war and mayhem;one faith thinking it is better than the other. We need more dialogue and less conflict. We need more understanding of one another; we certainly do not need force. The use of force only contributes to more force.I think you understand the theory for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction. Inequality has drawn its line in the sand; if humankind does not change then it will implode on itself. We cannot eliminate terrorists because others will only take their place..we need to change..we need to reduce inequality through positive actions increased aide to education worldwide, we need to provide good jobs with living wages, we need to provide the means to provide and build proper housing, we need to have expanded dialogue to ease our differences. Most of all, we need to have respect for ourselves and for each other. If this does not begin to happen,we will continue to fan the fire and create more terrorism in the world. Unfortunately, we are stuck. Horrible crimes have been committed; those who committed them must be brought to justice. But what is the ultimate solution? When will this terror stop? Will it ever stop? There is a solution ; we must solve the problem of inequality. As Eleanor Roosevelt said decades ago, there can be no security with so much inequality!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thank you

I would like to thank each and every person who voted for me.  Every vote meant something to me;  I really appreciate your support.  I believe that if I had had the opportunity of more exposure in the media and had participated in the debates that I could have done substantially better to the point of giving the two parties a real run for their money; Unfortunately, despite the decisive victory for the Republican party, a very, very large number of people did NOT vote.Participation in our system of government is imperative.We need campaign reform in the worst way; we need a level playing field,,I am not the one who is afraid of competition. I welcome it! Reforming the way an independent petitions the ballot should the same as democrats and republicans not three times the work. We need to seriously look at money in politics and find a way to minimize its influence..publicly funding elections, equal access to the media through federal regulations. There has got to be a better way!By 2016, reform must be in place!