I should formally introduce myself. I’m Chris Will and I’m running for state representative in Legislative District 26 on the Libertarian ticket. Basically that’s NW Mesa, NE Tempe, a tiny bit of Phoenix and all of the Salt River Pima Maricopa community. I’m a 2nd generation Arizona native, born in Phoenix and 5th generation resident.
I’m named after my Great-great-grandfather Christian Hanny (my maiden name) who came here with his kids Florence and Vic in the mid 1880’s. My kids weren’t born here but my grand-kids were. I’m divorced, have 2 grown kids, 1 dog, 2 cats, 5 chickens and a garden. I currently work at Wal-Mart and I’m an artist, potter, photographer, a writer and I’ve been working with and learning from local independent filmmakers for the past 3 years. I know first hand about the financial challenges we face every day.
To run in this election I’ve taken advantage of the $500 exemption, which means I can’t spend over $500 unless I want to hire an accountant, file lots of paperwork with the state and run a bunch of volunteers ragged just raising money so we can post a bunch of signs you won’t look at and make a bunch of commercials you won’t listen to. So I have this free blog. And I’ll be attending the Clean Elections debate and any other election events I can find out about. And knocking on a lot of doors. And blogging.
I know, sounds crazy (and cheap) but think about it. We’ve been electing (hiring) people to spend our tax money and most of us aren’t especially happy with how it’s been turning out. That’s a lot of money to play with and a lot of responsibility. Do you really want to hire (because that’s what you’re doing when you vote) another person who’s going to spend thousands (or tens of thousands of dollars in some races) to get a job that pays around$24k/yr? If someone is willing to go to all the trouble of raising thousands of dollars from other people to spend YOUR tax dollars how careful do you think they’ll be with those tax dollars? Where did their donations come from and what do their donors want for their investment?
So, you say some candidates spend bunches of their own money too. Right. Did you know candidates can LOAN bunches of their own money to their campaign and win or lose, when it’s all over they can get most and sometimes all of it paid back from their ‘war chest’. What about the Clean Elections funds? That’s TAX MONEY that YOU PAID so THEY can run AND it’s also money raised from fines imposed on prisoners incarcerated in our prisons. (Just an aside, prisoners usually can’t vote and if they get a job in prison they usually make between .10 and .45 cents per hour.) Whether you want to vote for the candidates or not, that’s a lot of our tax dollars being spent by people who aren’t even in office yet. How careful do you expect them to be with your money once they’re in office if they’re willing to spend it before they’re even elected?
I know it’s a long shot, but give me a try. Watch my posts, they’ll be up as I get a chance to write, depending on how busy I am. I’m rather opinionated, and I sometimes type fast late at night, so I’ll apologize in advance for typos or oopsies in grammar especially as the November election approaches. I’ll blame it on spending too much time with the grandkids. But really, give me a chance. Vote for me in November and we’ll turn this state around.