I haven’t posted since the last election cycle in 2012, mostly because I try to only use this during elections, but I expect that if I get elected I’ll post here between elections, too. I do have a life outside of politics, so I’ve been attending to more urgent matters in my life, but as the election heats up (usually after the primary) and more issues arise to be commented on I will surely be posting more often. I leave my older posts to show my stances on earlier questions and issues as well as consistency and occasionally my ability to grow and change my mind if need be. Hope to hear from you during the election, don’t forget to vote and good luck to all candidates.
I also have a Facebook page for less formal quick updates on what’s going on in my campaign. It’s easier to share information on events I’ll be attending and (generally) short comments on things. Take a look, please ‘Like’ it and share it too. While the URL says VoteforChrisWill you can also find it under Chris Will, Adventures in Politics, which is the title that you’ll see when you click on the link. Thanks for looking me up!
I’m Chris Will and I’m running for state representative in AZ Legislative District 26. While I do want to win in this election and would greatly appreciate your vote, the most important point I want to make is that winning isn’t the point-participating is. Yes, participating is more important than winning. Part of the reason I ran for Sheriff of Maricopa County in 2008 was that I wanted to set an example and show that we can take part, have a voice and make a difference. Even if we don’t win we do make a difference just by trying. I always told my kids that you need to vote, and if there’s no one to vote for, run. An old friend called me on this point during a conversation when I was complaining about a law enforcement situation in our county and the choices on the ballot. Later a co-worker stated “You can’t run, you don’t have any money and nobody knows you!” The next day I was a candidate.
This is our government and if we don’t take part we are not only giving it away but paying a great price to have it taken from us bit by bit. How horrible the world is, how treacherous and dark, someone must make it safe for us…no matter the cost. Someone ought to… It’s nice to think that some stranger has our best interest at heart. Some stranger knows better than ourselves. Over and over we see the proof that they don’t. Fear sells. As long as we are too timid to take part in the government the government will continue to do what it does best: throw our money at problems through someone else (not me or you). Who benefits from this? Not me and usually not you.
Nothing will change until we take part. It isn’t a perfect system, but it’s our system. Besides, perfection is an ideal, something to strive for, not necessarily attainable. All we can do it try. The only way to fail is to not try. I’m a regular person, with all kinds of distractions, so if I can run for office so can most people. I ran for Sheriff of Maricopa county against Dan Saban and Joe Arpaio. I ran on the $500 exemption, so my budget was $500, entirely funded by myself. I’ll let you consider the pros and cons yourself. Mr. Saban’s budget was over $100,000. Mr. Arpaio’s Budget was over $500,000. Mr. Arpaio won. But I did get nearly 3% of the vote, in one of the biggest counties in the country, against maybe the most famous (arguably the most popular) sheriff in the country. I was working full-time, had 2 volunteers, 1 website and lots of distractions.
Go ahead, check it out for yourself, see what tit takes to run for office. What do you have to loose (or gain)? If I could get this far in that race just think how far anyone else could get in a less hotly contested race for a more ‘normal’ position! The Founding Fathers were farmers, craftsmen, merchants and such. They were ordinary people. Only when we look back to what ended up to be history do we realize that those became extraordinary people in extraordinary times. Our country was set up to be governed by ourselves— “Of the People, By the People and For the People.” If we don’t take part we risk allowing it to perish from this Earth. Be a patriot. Take part in the system, even if all you ever do is just vote for the person you really want to win, but if you feel strongly enough about something, stand up and run or help someone else run. We can all use a good workout once in a while.
If you think you might want to run for office you can start by checking out these sites:
We cannot have real security unless we feel safe and secure within ourselves. If we continue to depend on someone else (government, religion, police, alarm systems…) to provide security we will continue to be subject to the sales pitch of fear, we will continue to believe that someone has to do this for us, to keep us safe. Until we grow up and take responsibility for ourselves, our actions, and our environment within our home, circle of friends, roads, etc… we will continue to be subject to and driven by the advertising of both the political and business aspects of our society. This is completely backwards. They should be dependent upon us, our dollars and our votes (and they know this). We should not be dependent upon ‘them’ for information through advertising regarding what we should buy, think, eat, wear, do, feel, believe, etc… Grow up. Demand more clarity, transparency and accountability from all aspects of government and the business community. We also have to hold ourselves to the same standards we expect. Respect and accountability flows both ways. We can’t get away with demanding honesty from anyone before we are willing to set ourselves as an example. No, the political system isn’t perfect. Neither are we. We’re only human, so we can all make honest mistakes, be mis-informed or change our minds, but we can also acknowledge this and get on with life and business. The world is constantly changing and we have to change with it, hopefully with the intent to make it better. If we refuse this challenge we have only ourselves to blame for the result in the media, religion, business, schools, government and all sectors of society.
You know all those signs cluttering up every corner? I don’t like them either. I’m not putting any out. Of course, that’s easy to say with a budget of $500, but I hope I’d make the same decision no matter what my budget was. Don’t we want to cut waste in government? Shouldn’t that start even before any of us are elected? Besides, if I’m going to prove that elections are open to anyone, I might as well stick to it and really make the point. Whether I win or lose in November, just getting this far is a victory, so I’ve already won. Conventional wisdom holds that exposure is essential. What good is exposure if it blends in with every other name as drivers speed past? I’m sure the voters are smart enough to remember my name and vote accordingly, no matter who they choose in the end.
I got to vote for myself in the primary! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in this for kicks. I’m running for an office that is complex, unforgiving, doesn’t stop, and some people will expect things of me that I and the office simply cannot do. I might as well have fun now and enjoy what I can because once I’m elected I’ll have to roll up my sleeves and start work. I mean it when I say this is a partnership. I expect all of us to work on this together. No public official, elected or appointed can accomplish anything alone. Getting this far is, itself, a victory. If I can do this so can anyone else who feels strongly enough to run for any seat. It’s our government. WE THE PEOPLE are the most prominent words on the constitution or any of our country’s founding documents for a reason and we need to make them mean something again. We can change the world one day and one election at a time. It’s not easy to run for office and, depending on the office and how you approach it the race could get expensive financially as well as emotionally and in many other ways. But it’s worth it. Win or lose I can say I tried and I hope I’ve set an example for others to follow. Stand up for what you believe, get involved, and help make this a country governed by real people again. At the very least you’ll get to vote for yourself or (if you’re supporting someone) for your friend or family member. Any excuse for a party, right? Anything worth doing entails some degree of effort, but that just makes the reward greater and the celebration more fun. Change the world, vote, run, get involved and have fun!
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.