I Can Listen, I’m a Grandma

Once upon a time I lived in Florida. I had a husband, two kids and a home business. We lived in a mostly Republican district that was represented by a Democrat, Bill Nelson. You may have heard of him, he went up in the space shuttle. it was a beautiful night launch that framed the full moon right after we moved to Florida. The very next shuttle launch was the Challenger and I watched it from my doorstep…but I digress…

How would a Democrat get elected in a heavily Republican district you might ask? The first time it just may have been a fluke…he was already in office when we moved in. Soon after we moved in we got a small welcome packet from his office with information on the area, businesses and government stuff we might need and hurricane information and evacuation routes as well. A few months later when our daughter was born we got another packet with more information and cool stuff from businesses (like coupons for formula, diapers and baby food) that we might find useful So our first impression was that he may be using our taxes to buy votes. We were wrong. He worked with local businesses to help a highly transient population (such as we have here in Arizona) who may not be familiar with the area (swamps, snakes, gators and storms) to more easily acclimate and feel welcome.

It didn’t take us long to figure out that the key to his success was that whenever there was an issue we cared about and wanted to make sure he voted our way we’d contact his office, usually with a call. He listened and often changed his vote to reflect the wishes of his constituency. If an issue was particularly contentious, or if we just wanted to know, he would explain his reasons for voting a certain way.

As a voter I appreciated that and as a candidate I can assure you that I’ve learned from the experience. If elected, as a representative I won’t forget to listen. Besides, I’m a grandma so I’ve had lots of experience listening.

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Published in: on October 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm  Comments Off on I Can Listen, I’m a Grandma  
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Welcome to Election 2014!

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.

Published in: on August 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm  Comments Off on Welcome to Election 2014!  
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Ballot 2012

Sample ballot LD26 2012

Sample ballot LD26 2012

I just got my sample ballot for the general election on November 6th. It’s rather exciting seeing your name on the ballot. It’s also fun, scary, amazing, gratifying (wow, I really made it this far!), humbling and actually, you should try this running for office thing some time. It’s quite an experience meeting people who vehemently disagree with you and others who agree when you didn’t expect them to and still others who want you to just explain things to them and then you get to meet your opponents who always turn out to be much less scary than you expected. Anyway, I just wanted to show off here. I won’t tell you who to vote for (I do believe in the democratic process and free will) but I’d really like it if enough of you voted for me to let me work for you and represent you in the AZ House of Representatives. Don’t forget that you get 2 votes in this race, so use both of them. All my opponents are lovely people who I would love to serve with, I just think I’d be  the best. Thanks for considering me and watch for me on election day.

Published in: on October 25, 2012 at 12:54 am  Comments Off on Ballot 2012  
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Still Learning

This is the 3rd time I’ve run for office. Each time I learn a little more about politics, people and myself. The 1st time I had a campaign manager who was more experienced in politics than I was. He had worked on Jean Chretien’s campaign for Prime Minister in Canada. I had definite ideas about what I wanted to accomplish, project out to the world and why. I wasn’t always right and both George and I learned a lot. The 2nd time I ran on my own with help from random friends. I did better than the first time around and not as good as I’d hoped, since I still needed to find a job. Oh, did I forget to mention that running for office in 2010 was part of my job search after being downsized? Well, we do what we need to in this economy. This time, the 3rd time, I’m running with a campaign manager again. Now I’m the one with (some) experience and she’s the one new to politics, but she’s brilliant and catches details and nuances I miss. The cool thing is that we’re both still new enough to enjoy it, be excited at meeting new people and try to remind each other to just have fun when we get tired, frustrated or discouraged. At least if I don’t get elected this time I still have a job, albeit part-time. So, if I get elected Amanda will have something to add to her résumé, some experience if she decides to run for office, and I’ll have a full-time job for 2 years serving the people in AZ Legislative District 26. If I don’t get elected Amanda will still have something to add to her résumé and I’ll try again next time. No matter what, it’s an interesting experience and I keep meeting great people. You should try it some time! And when you pick up your ballot, if you see my name please vote for me and let me work for you.

Published in: on October 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm  Comments Off on Still Learning  
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Second Friday

Had a marvelous time at Second Friday on Main Street in Mesa. You should check it out one of these months when you’re in the area. Amanda and I got a very positive reception. Handed out over 100 pencils and a pile of color-it-yourself posters. There were lots of great artists, musicians, tons of people, many even in zombie and Steampunk clothing and I even met some people from the local Society for Creative Anachronism. I would have posted this about 2 hours ago, but I came home to a lovely redecorating job, courtesy Belle-dog. She LOVES playing in the trash can. Unfortunately, there was a bottle of Spray And Wash that broke, so I hosed off her feet, cleaned up the mess and now I have a clean spot on the floor behind my kitchen Table. Then I had to fight with my computer while the connection decided whether it was going to connect or not. Thank you internet service provider who shall remain nameless. While that was sorting itself out I grabbed some home-made tepenade, toast and wine then sat down to write about my evening. Now to find the map to the SRP picnic tomorrow.  If you want to find out more about Second Friday:

http://www.2ndfridaynightout.com/

Published in: on October 13, 2012 at 12:47 am  Comments Off on Second Friday  
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Window Posters

I’ve already mentioned that I don’t like the campaign signs at every corner and scattered in odd places around town. I still won’t put up signs for my campaign, mostly since I can’t afford them, but also since they clutter up our town and don’t look good for our visitors who come here on business or holiday. What will I do? Put a sign in my car and my front window at home and offer 2 versions of the same for anyone who wants to download them, colour and display them to offer support. This can be a fun activity for your kids as you talk about voting and politics in general. I trust my fans and future constituents will have fun with this and not do anything offensive. I also trust my opponents and their fans will be classy and won’t do anything tasteless and derogatory with these. Have fun with this and please post them in your car windows, home window, business window and anywhere you think is appropriate. Of course, you will want to take them down after the election. If you want to show off your artwork (or your kid’s artwork) you can post that on my campaign Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/VoteforChrisWill

This is the 8 1/2 x 11 poster we are handing out on the campaign trail:

Campaign Window Poster #1

And this is the poster that’s only available here:

Campaign Window Poster #2 Post Script: I’d appreciate it if you didn’t draw a mustache on me, but if you do make it epic!

Post Post Script: If you see an epic mustache on one of these, it’s just understandable artistic license since I am often mistaken for ‘that Mr. Chris Will guy’ until people meet me.

Published in: on October 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm  Comments Off on Window Posters  
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My Facebook

Chris Will

Chris Will

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!

https://www.facebook.com/VoteforChrisWill

Published in: on September 21, 2012 at 1:10 am  Comments Off on My Facebook  
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Voting

Normally I would not presume to tell anyone who to vote for, but since I’m running in this election I will ask you to vote for me…if I’m on your ballot. If you don’t know which Legislative District you live in don’t worry, just watch for:

STATE REPRESENTATIVE

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 26

If you are in district 26 you will see my name and can vote for me and one of my other (very nice, actually) opponents. If you are in another district then thank you kindly for thinking of me and looking, but you’ll have to pick 2 other people. In this picture from the 2010 election I used a crayon because this is a sample ballot and I’m a mommy and the crayon was handy, but if you wait to do it in a booth on Nov. 2nd you’ll want to use the marker in the booth and if you do it at home on an early ballot you’ll want to follow the directions that come with the early ballot.

No, I won’t tell you who I’m voting for. I have met all the Libertarian candidates that appear on my ballot and I think they would all do fine jobs if elected, in case you were wondering about them. In races where Libertarians aren’t running I’ll consider who will work the hardest to preserve individual rights and liberties. You, of course, will have your own criteria. The important thing is that you do vote. The only vote you throw away is the one you don’t cast, so get out there  and celebrate your right to choose who represents you as a part of this Republic.

Diversity

Who is sitting in power right now? What is the general political makeup of our local, state and federal government? Pretty much Democrat/Republican. Is it any wonder why we have divisive racial and diversity issues splitting our society? Here’s an idea…promote diversity in government by voting diversity into government. Give the Libertarians, Greens, Independents and any others you see on the ballot that you feel might be worthy a chance. Vote out of the box. Personally, I’m most likely to vote Libertarian, but some Greens, an Independent and even a Democrat and Republican have impressed me. The worst thing you can do is decide not to vote your true opinion and vote with the crowd because you don’t want to vote for a ‘loser’. No, that’s wrong…the worst thing you can do is take one candidate’s advice and only vote for 1 candidate (in his race you get 2 votes, choosing 2 of the candidates on the ballot). The only vote you throw away or waste is the one you don’t cast. Make a decision, even if you have to flip a coin. Whoever wins, the winner represents you and you have a right to make your opinions known to them whether you voted for them or not (especially if you didn’t vote for them). Make this the country and government what it was meant to be: representative. Vote for diversity. And while you’re at it, vote for me!

They’re Getting It!

Well, I knew all along there were a lot of people out there who are turned off by attack ads, mudslinging and dirty campaigns. How do I know this? Because I’m one of the voters who has felt this way (and voted accordingly) for a long time. During the last election I saw a commercial showing regular people criticizing politicians bickering and name-calling, admonishing them to grow up and deal with the issues. It was followed by a political attack ad. I thought that was pretty funny. I don’t see attack ads as productive. They have been very successful in the past, but I think people are starting to realize that a good press agent can spin almost anything into something sordid.

Most Moms tell their kids at some point “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. Voters are starting to realize that if a candidate has nothing good to say about themselves they’ll say something nasty about their opponent. So far this meant they usually won. We’ll see if enough voters have figured out what’s really behind this tactic and vote accordingly.

Published in: on October 14, 2010 at 2:39 am  Comments Off on They’re Getting It!  
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On ‘Obamacare’

If you want to reform the insurance industry, then reform the insurance industry.

If you want to provide health care, open clinics.

Published in: on October 11, 2010 at 11:56 am  Comments Off on On ‘Obamacare’  
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Political Polls

I got a call today. Another political poll. They didn’t ask if I was a candidate. They did ask if was a Democrat or Republican. I said Libertarian. Then they asked if I would be more likely to vote for the Democrat or the Republican candidate. I asked them “Isn’t there a Libertarian running?” They said “Why yes, there is!” And I informed them that’s who I would be likely to vote for.  After that they included a third option in the rest of their questions, but I don’t think that would have been the case if I hadn’t pressed the point. If you decide to answer and would prefer a third option let them know you don’t want ‘apple’ or ‘orange’, you want a ‘banana’, ‘kumquat’ or some other fruit. Just don’t let them dictate your taste or manipulate the outcome of their poll with limited choices.

Published in: on October 9, 2010 at 9:37 am  Comments Off on Political Polls  
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Important Point

Chris Will and Carrie

Chris Will

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:

http://www.azsos.gov/election/

http://maricopa.gov/SiteMapDetail.aspx?dept=54.1

Published in: on October 7, 2010 at 11:26 pm  Comments Off on Important Point  
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Fear Sells

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.

Sighns

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.

NOW THAT WAS FUN!

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!

Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 8:24 am  Comments Off on NOW THAT WAS FUN!  
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Cast Of Characters

Chris Will  — Libertarian Candidate, AZ State Representative LD 26

Amanda Mae Viers — Campaign Manager

(Currently nameless and hardworking) — Campaign Interns

Sean and Catherine Will — Biggest fans and instig-oops-inspiration

Alice Nelson — Wardrobe and Make-up consultant and Photographer

Msc. Friends and critters — Cheering squad and general bad influence

And finally— the Libertarian Party as — Itself

Legalize Freedom!  Vote for Liberty, Vote Libertarian!

Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 8:14 am  Comments Off on Cast Of Characters  
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Quotes

Tired of politics as usual?

Vote for a real person.

~Me~

‘We are letting the well run dry, allowing little bits of our civil freedoms to be chipped away by paranoiac governments who assure us we can trust them – and consistently betray that trust.” – Brian Eno

A government is a body of people, usually notably ungoverned.  (Firefly)

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.” — Thomas Jefferson

“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
– Thomas Jefferson

In a democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, it’s your Count that votes

I’m a mom, I can do anything. ~Me~

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you’re doing the impossible” St Francis of Assisi

“Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. ” Lois McMaster Bujold

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” Pericles    430 B.C.

“Don’t hit other people, don’t take their stuff and keep your promises.” — David Boaz

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. (That could come back to bite me…), but just because you haven’t doesn’t mean you can’t, so try.  ~Me~

“What this country needs is more unemployed politicians.” Edward Langly,  Artist   1928-1995

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. ” — Thomas Jefferson

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”   H. L. Mencken

On a battlefield the flies don’t care who wins. (anon?)

Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.~Abraham Flexner

“It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent; it’s task is to lead to success,”   Joseph Goebbels

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. – Thomas Jefferson

I don’t make jokes; I just watch the government and report the facts.   – Will Rogers

“Do not attribute your own motives to others. At best, it will break your heart, and at worst, get you dead.” *J Bethancourt

“Qualifications? Don’t you worry about that. If you hire me you’ll be glad you got me.” James Garner in Support Your Local Sheriff

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” ~ Ambrose Redmoon

Imagination is essential. It is a door to insight of possibilities and an avenue to the truth. ~Me~

‎”The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” -Elbert Hubbard

Don’t bail! The best gold is at the bottom of barrels of crap.  Randy Pausch   from The Last Lecture

‘I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.’ Confucius

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.  Anonymous

Family is whoever is around the dinner table.  (??)

There is nothing impossible to him who will try. – Alexander the Great

Where is it written that all our dreams must be small ones? – JMS

“The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope. The death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender.'” – JMS

Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 7:44 am  Comments Off on Quotes  
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Hello world!

The candidate at her desk

Me and my dog

Hi.

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.

If you want to know more about me personally and how I view the world, check out my other blogs at http://briellethefirst.wordpress.com  and http://ouravalon.wordpress.com

Published in: on September 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm  Comments Off on Hello world!  
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