Leave no door prize behind
If you are running for congress you would be behind the power curve to be starting now, but 4 days isn't so bad if you just want a spot on your as a committeeperson... I think it's just 10 signatures from your closest neighbors. What do you have to lose? The biggest challenge for the late bloomers is that you really do need official petition forms which you would have to go and pick up in the county elections office before they close today. If you are one who always liked to cram I suppose you could technically wait until Monday. Remember no signatures from dead people...and have a lawyer ready if someone challenges the veracity of your signatures. Actually, it would be pretty funny if someone challenged the signatures on a petition for committeeperson. Probably has happened somewhere?
and if you don't get your peitition in on time, you can always write yourself in. Stranger things have happened.
Not much to really comment on thus far. McNulty covers the emergent campaign of the off-grid Ravenstahl for state representative. Tonya Payne already has her name on the state list linked above. Also I see that the grad student leader of the anti-tuition tax movement on campus here at Pitt Daniel Jimenez is running a campaign for the Democratic Party's state committee, which is different from the county committee. I can't quite figure what impact state committees of either party ever have. State committee positions are allocated and elected by state senate districts right?
Speaking of the committee races. The table of data I used for the maps you may have seen in the CP I have put online here. You could also check the county's detailed results by district in 2006 to see what happened in your district last time around. It is just the tabular list, so you would need to refer to a map to see which district is which. I have some interactive (you can zoom in) google maps for the city and the remainder of the county that might help with that. And just for the big picture, here are the maps that were in the CP: