I feel as though I’ve said this before, however, the overwhelming problem I see with a two-party system of government is that, in order to have any voice in government, one must align with one party or the other. The result, predictably, is as we saw in the 2016 General Election when about 25% of registered voters went Republican, about 25% went Democrat, and about 40% said, in effect, to hell with it and didn’t vote at all. For the record, I have a bit of a grudge against the 40% who didn’t vote at all.
With only 70 weeks left until the Mid-Term Election, I’m hoping to find one or two candidates for Duncan Hunter’s Congressional seat who are not committed to either major party. I believe government can only serve as intended when no single party has a legislative majority. I want them to always need to collaborate outside of their own party. Until then they have no incentive to adopt a moderate position on anything.
48 weeks before the California Primary Election, 5 candidates have declared for the 50th Congressional District as Democrats. Republican Duncan Hunter may be holding off his declaration until he knows for sure whether or not he’s going to jail for misappropriation of campaign funds.
I don’t see any Democrat winning this District, but if anyone could it might be Josh Butner. He’s a Warrior which plays well here, a retired Lieutenant Commander Navy SEAL If I’m being candid, a guy like that who’s retired to a small ranch in East County doesn’t say “Man of the People” to me, but it should play well in this District. https://joshbutnerforcongress.com/
Glenn Jensen, as a former Republican who felt the need to convert, is kind of interesting to me. I’m a little sad that he converted to a Democrat, but I can listen to him. Having said that, with a background as an anti-war protester going back to my day, he hasn’t got a prayer. https://votejensen.com/
Pete Beauregard, bless his heart, looks like at least a half-dozen politicians I never liked and a couple of whom went to jail. That isn’t being completely fair to him, and I should listen to what he has to say for himself. He was a Navy Corpsman back in the day and appears to have continued to serve his fellow man as well as himself. http://beauregard4congress.com/
Gloria Chadwick is already a career quasi-government bureaucrat having spent the last 18 years directing a community hospital district. After quickly scanning her website I see that she’s opposed to Duncan Hunter and appears to be sincere in her commitment to public service (whatever that means). http://www.gloriachadwickforcongress.com/
Ammar Campa-Najjar seems to be highlighting his minority background. That’s not a deal-breaker for me, but neither is it the first thing on my wish list. More to the point, this is a pretty conservative district and those “Yes We Can” references will probably put him behind the Green candidate if there is one. https://www.campacampaign.com/
I am not going to run for Congress so don’t even start with that. I’ll work for somebody I believe in, but I am not a front man.