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Becoming a mayor
I found out that this city near me only had 360 total votes(the population is 50k) at the last mayor election. . With no political experience, would it be possible for me to run for mayor. I feel like I would win by a large margin.
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I am pretty sure you would have to actually be living in the city
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You should declare a War on Hypergamy in your campaign.
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RE: Becoming a mayor
Haha...you
have to reside in the city.

People need to know your face. Get on city counsel first to show that you care about the city and get some backing.

That's the skeleton version.

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(05-01-2013 05:32 PM)CThunder86 Wrote:  
Haha...you
have to reside in the city.

People need to know your face. Get on city counsel first to show that you care about the city and get some backing.

That's the skeleton version.


Why would he need to get on city counsel first? He would have to run a legit campaign and talk to the constituents and find out what they want and be able to sell himself that he is the one who can deliver that, and be sincere about it. He would have to go on radio shows, do interviews and get his face and name out and have some sort of platform.

And yeah, he would likely need some sort of connection to the actual city where he is running for office, there is probably a minimum age and whatnot as well.(and yeah, you likely need to be registered in that city).

That said, is it worth all of that work to be a mayor if you don't have any desire for a career in politics or any background?

Also, it could simply be that there weren't that many voters in the last mayoral election because it was just an incumbent who wasn't running against anyone. If you mounted a serious campaign, whoever is the incumbent likely would do the same.
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I was planning on doing an underground campaign. Make the incumbent feel like she's safe and then blindside her.

I just want to be the mayor for Shits and gigs.
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(05-01-2013 05:44 PM)kickboxer Wrote:  I was planning on doing an underground campaign. Make the incumbent feel like she's safe and then blindside her.

I just want to be the mayor for Shits and gigs.


Not all elections allow for write ins. For that sort of campaign to work, you would basically have to make sure no one else is running, and the incumbent doesn't know to actively campaign to get the vote out. With no roots in the city, and with no campaign manager or staff, well you have your work cut out for you.
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RE: Becoming a mayor
Bump.

I've been thinking about this topic a lot. As the travelling playboy lifestyle and chasing money game becomes more and more unfulfilling, maybe this is where it's at.

Move to a smaller community, buy a baller house on the cheap and run for mayor. Sounds like a solid endgame to me. Any thoughts?
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(04-17-2016 10:21 PM)NFallin Wrote:  Bump.

I've been thinking about this topic a lot. As the travelling playboy lifestyle and chasing money game becomes more and more unfulfilling, maybe this is where it's at.

Move to a smaller community, buy a baller house on the cheap and run for mayor. Sounds like a solid endgame to me. Any thoughts?

I don't see why. You can't really make any laws that count, and once mayor, you will have to kiss rubes' arses for years on end in order to stay in office. Why would any alpha man in control of his own destiny want to become a politician? (And before you say 'Donald Trump' -- note what I said about being unable to make any laws that count.)

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RE: Becoming a mayor
(04-17-2016 10:21 PM)NFallin Wrote:  Bump.

I've been thinking about this topic a lot. As the travelling playboy lifestyle and chasing money game becomes more and more unfulfilling, maybe this is where it's at.

Move to a smaller community, buy a baller house on the cheap and run for mayor. Sounds like a solid endgame to me. Any thoughts?
To each their own.

I live in a podunk part of the country and want to move to a busier area with more activities, women, and opportunity.

If traveling and chasing women is no longer fulfilling you then who knows, different people get satisfaction out of different things. Some guys seem to enjoy living in a smaller town with a community of good friends than living in a big city with a lot of hustle and bustle.

(Me, I'm more on the loner side - My idea of a good life would be running a blog or money generating business out of my home and occasionally getting out and gaming a beautiful woman at my leisure, than being the CEO of a hedge fund, or maintaining a huge social circle for example).
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Prepare the town for Halloween. That's all a mayor needs to do.

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But that"s the whole point of being in a smaller community. You don't have to kiss ass if your competition is Joe Farmer and you keep the city from crumbling. I grew up in a city of 100k where my mayor was an alcoholic degenerate that held office for 15 years. Just be a pillar of your community and ball hard with your worldly experience.
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In some of these smaller towns, it's stupid easy for guys with some game to get elected. Look at the vast majority of politicians today: they are incompetent dumbshits that couldn't sell ice to eskimos. Many only get their position due to money and connections and having the favorable party affiliation letter next to their name (Hillary being a great example as NY senator). It's kind of sad that in many places, if you can just win a parties nomination, you have a borderline guarantee win and re-election wins forever. However, there are real opportunities to move up quickly in states with the minority party and where the the opposing party is putting forward their generic "paid his/her dues" candidate who often have lukewarm charisma and poor leadership skills. A Hillary vs Trump showdown will illustrate what I mean very well in the coming months.

Personally, I wouldn't want to get into politics unless the following conditions existed:

1) Lived in an environment where being non-PC would be acceptable. It would have to be a place where I could get away with acting like Rob Ford/Donald Trump/and that Italian President guy who is banging young fine ass at age 70+. In the US, we expect our politicians to be boy scout beta model citizens. Fuck that.

2) Had enough independent wealth to not have to kiss ass of kingmakers and donors every day. I'm not going to stupid/retarded establishment clubs and meetings and kissing their ass. I would prefer to do town halls and online correspondent with residents directly to be able to address concerns. I'm not going out giving stupid speeches unless I actually have a major point to make. Every time I see Obama on the road at XYZ photo op giving generic speech ABC, I just keep thinking to myself: 'Don't you have better fucking shit to do than wasting time with this bullshit? You know, like getting shit actually the fuck done?"

3) The office was actually substantial enough that I could make a statement or impact. So, it would probably have to be governorship of a state. I have little interest in being a senator or congressperson (federal of state) where due to party seniority rules, I would get regulated down to some bullshit committee doing bullshit work. The only advantage of being in the legislative branch is that once you are, it's possible to stay forever and have a lot soft power over the years with seniority.

4) The community I represent has to be worth fighting for and actually consist of a decent base of folks who share my vision/attitudes.

My hope is that Trump gets elected and makes it easier for non-PC candidates to get elected and that he reforms the election system so it's actually fair and not corrupt; enough so that someone of modest means can take a real stab at getting elected based on competency and vision as oppose to connections/cronyism and money.
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^^^Is that even realistic?

The founding fathers were all men of means, rich by the standards of their day.

IMO that hasn't changed much, idealism usually takes a backseat to financials and when you run out of cash flow no matter how well-intentioned you are you are usually going to come up short.

It's why certain bullshit senators can serve 7 consecutive terms and drown out the ideal young candidate strictly by outspending him.

Long term incumbents generally hold the advantage. For anyone to change the corrupt system, you will need to rid politics of the various lobbying groups.

Walk into any chamber of government in this country and take a personal poll. Irregardless of the party affiliation, you probably won't get too many in favor of such a thing.

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My mom was the mayor of a town once lived it. She loved the community. Went door to door to around 800 houses to get people to vote.
A small fraction voted for her. But the incumbent mayor only received something like 20 votes.

It's highly possible that you can be a nobody , put your name out there for a couple months with hard work and become mayor. Unless the current mayor is really good.. It's likely that not many people will vote period.

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(04-18-2016 02:59 PM)MY DETROIT PLAYAS Wrote:  ^^^Is that even realistic?

The founding fathers were all men of means, rich by the standards of their day.

IMO that hasn't changed much, idealism usually takes a backseat to financials and when you run out of cash flow no matter how well-intentioned you are you are usually going to come up short.

It's why certain bullshit senators can serve 7 consecutive terms and drown out the ideal young candidate strictly by outspending him.

Long term incumbents generally hold the advantage. For anyone to change the corrupt system, you will need to rid politics of the various lobbying groups.

Walk into any chamber of government in this country and take a personal poll. Irregardless of the party affiliation, you probably won't get too many in favor of such a thing.

Part of the reason many shit senators/politicians get re-elected isn't solely because of money but because many people in the state don't want their representative having to start at the bottom of the seniority ladder and sit on shit committees. Being at the bottom means little/no sway (i.e. money) for your state on many fronts. Like most government jobs, seniority takes precedent over competency and ability.

Senator Byrd from West Virginia (dead now) had about half of his state named after him because he was Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and was able to squeeze all kinds of pork projects through for WV on top of other legislation all the time. Even if you have a war chest to take someone like him down, one can't replace his 20 years of party seniority and all the advantages it entails. That's a problem with the system and ultimately will require a lot of non-establishment guys to get elected for something to change.

That said, I think the real game changer on a broader level is that communication on a mass level has become VERY cheap and people can bypass gatekeepers like the corrupt mainstream media to get a message out. Twitter, YouTube, the internet, text messaging, Facebook. These are new vectors for information. For state and local offices, this is huge especially for a person of modest means to gain steam.

Also keep in mind, it is easier than ever to set-up a crowd-funding/donation systems to fund basic expenses. So easy funding + cheap access to mass communication and someone like Trump elected to fix some of the more corrupt processes of the electoral system and I think we could see a new wave of elected officials that are WAY more representative of their populations.
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