I have run for elective office twice before, in 2012 for the office of Lieutenant Governor, and in 2013 for Lynnwood City Council. I frankly did not expect to win. I did expect to get started getting my ideas into the public conversation. Rarely does a candidate win the first time around. Winning is not as important as raising issues and making opponents address those issues. For example, which candidate is in favor of GMO labeling? Which candidate is opposed to injecting toxic waste dental chemicals into drinking water? In the 2012 primary race for lieutenant governor, I ran on a safe water platform. I spent no money except for the filing fee, the cost of a new photo, and the cost of setting up my web site. I got 3.91% of the vote. A politician has to start somewhere.
Last updated on 08/11/2012 5:05 PM
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In the Lynnwood City Council primary in 2013 I got 15% of the vote. See the results here.
|CITY OF LYNNWOOD COUNCIL POS 1|
|M. Christopher Boyer||1,896||44.45%|
|James Robert Deal||649||15.22%|
So I did not advance to the November election. The other two candidates – Pastor Boyer and Michael Moore – were well known and had a following. Further, the big issue was where the new light rail station is going to be placed, and I did not address the issue, nor did I distribute fliers in the affected area. I was disappointed by the low turnout, under 25%. I am not sure what the moral of the story is: Do most people believe in fluoridation’s effectiveness and are they resistant to change? Did most people simply rely on the 200 word statement in the voter pamphlet, and was that not enough to convince them? Did some people not even look at the voter pamphlet? Is getting in the voter pamphlet and put up a web site just not enough to get through a primary? To get elected is it necessary to send out postcards, put up yard signs, go door-to-door, and stand on street corners waiving signs? Is getting elected mostly a popularity contest and not issues based? Is a candidate more likely to win if he avoids the fluoridation issue altogether? I hope this is not true. The 61%-39% result in Portland should prove otherwise. Nevertheless, 15% is a lot better than the 4% I got when I ran for lieutenant governor last year. We now know that 15% of the Lynnwood voting public oppose fluoridation, and that is a start. If I run again in two years, the results may be different.