Winchester: Coalition of "No", Plan to free the city!Submitted by Benjamin Vander Jagt on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 00:42
I was the Libertarian Party candidate for City Council Ward 3 for Winchester, VA in 2010. I pulled 11% of the vote, despite being a write-in third party running against an incumbent.
Now, I have a plan that I think is a complete game changer for the city.
We have 8 wards, so our legislature is a body of 8 council members and a mayor. It takes a simple majority and the signature of the mayor to pass a law. Winchester is getting pretty bloated, with so many nuisance laws, taxes, building and restoration plans, codes, and just plain annoying government everywhere.
Every two years, four members of City Council are up for election or re-election. The plan is simple and remarkably easy. Find one person from each ward who is willing to join what I call the "coalition of no". These people agree to always vote "No" on EVERYTHING in City Council, except in the case where 100% of the council can vote yes.
In other words, by electing just four people, the city of Winchester will not see any new laws, except for those that can be unanimously approved. Even popular laws, if voted down by one single courageous person, won't see the mayor's desk.
It should also be easy to find the candidates! *knock knock* "Hi, are you a liberty-minded registered voter who thinks that we'd be better off if the city council would just stop writing new laws and would leave us alone?"
If we had one candidate from each ward of the city, I can guarantee lots of media from the radio and newspaper.
What's better...we don't even need to try to convince people to be more Libertarian. We only need to convince people that the government is doing too much and needs to put the brakes on!
What do you think? Please, I need absolutely as much information as I can get.