"Sigh," these are nine words I have heard much more than once since I came in 7th when I competed for Governor in June in California’s Top Two, or Jungle, Primary.
Yes, I did run for Governor of California this year as a member of the Peace and Freedom Party; the strange part (maybe not so "strange" as "predictable") is very little attention was paid as I also ran with 14 other people vying to be one of the Top Two vote receivers to be able to “advance” to the general election in November.
My campaign felt that one of our biggest obstacles was to overcome the apparent lack of understanding of this anti-democratic law (that every political party in California opposed in 2010, even the Democrats and Republicans) that the voters themselves passed because, even though we have the ability to get initiatives on the ballot here in California, more often than not, those initiatives favor the 1% and the voters here consistently vote against their own interests being easily influenced by expensive, yet effective, mass-marketing techniques.
As of this writing, it has been 57 days since my defeat on June 3rd and I am just now getting some energy back to even care about what is happening around me beyond playing with my grandchildren or swimming at my gym. It was a horrific campaign, but not because my team wasn’t great or didn’t care about what we were doing or about our platform and vision, but because very few people in the State even realized or cared that if they didn’t vote for whomever they really wanted in June, there was slim to no chance they would get a second opportunity in November.