Friday, March 05, 2010

Leave no door prize behind

Whether you are running for something big like Senate or just the spot as your district's county committeeperson (this cycle just Democrats) then you have until this coming Tuesday (March 9th) to file petitions to get your name on the ballot.  By all accounts it has been a tough year to get petition signatures for races large and small and the weather is probably a big big factor.  For state offices, the Department of State has a list of folks who have already filed, but these are the early birds.

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:


Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

I never realized I lived in such a hotbed of political intrigue. My home district featured CONTESTED races for both the male and female Democratic county committee slots, with results in the area of 55-28. Entering that race practically requires launching a campaign website. Meanwhile, a directly neighboring district to mine tallied naught but 30 write-in votes in 2006.

Friday, March 05, 2010 2:24:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Actually, it would be pretty funny if someone challenged the signatures on a petition for committeeperson.

It would be a good experiment to challenge them all (or a random subset depending on the number signatures involved). I'd be very curious to know the relationship between fake signatures and the competitiveness of the district. Do you need to have a reason?

Friday, March 05, 2010 5:05:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I would presume you need standing of some sort... and you would to pay the lawyer.

Friday, March 05, 2010 9:47:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I'll have to convince the Dems that Naderites, secretly backed by Republicans, are trying to take-over the local committee. Somebody will find the lawyers then.

Saturday, March 06, 2010 7:23:00 PM  

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