Need some help with questions about running for officeSubmitted by tpmeredith on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:15
I have a couple of questions regarding running for the U.S. House of Representatives. I am a 21 year old business owner in Murfreesboro, TN. I started my computer/IT business a little over one year ago and have been rather successful for someone of my age and now have two employees working for me. I am also finishing up my bachelors at MTSU with a double major in Computer Information Systems and Psychology. I have been a Ron Paul fan and supporter since before his 2008 presidential bid and like many of my liberty brothers and sisters I am growing tired of the endless promises of Washington.
Currently in my district Diane Black is up for re-election and will likely be elected again this term. Her voting record as a republican is typically down the line establishment as she supports the bailouts and all of the rest of the horrendous things occurring in Washington. Her husband's construction company has been accused of getting contracts because of her office as well.
My personal position as a office-holder would be very much related to Ron Paul. Like he said in his speech at the Paul Rally in Tampa, it's unrealistic to read every single bill, but he instructs his office aids to point out one section that is unconstitutional. I hope to be able to maintain his record on voting for the constitution and not for the status quo.
I guess some of my questions revolve around where do you start in running for office? Am I being unrealistic or naive in wishing to shoot for a Federal office in my first bid? Her primary this year was very close and I know with the proper support I could wedge myself in and we could add another liberty candidate to the house. Any advice that you think would be helpful (other than not to run at all) would be appreciated. My goal is to be ready for a campaign in 2-6 years.