Ocasio-Cortez, known as @AOC, and others came to politics via the Brand New Congress, an organization that encourages political newcomers who will “put people and policies over party,” reflect and work for their communities, and reject corporate and lobbyist money.
“Nobody owns you yet. You don’t owe anybody anything yet. So, run.”Rev. Darryl Gray, Knock Down the House (Netflix)
“You have to be fearless,” says the Reverend Darryl Gray, a Brand New Congress adviser, to a group of political hopefuls in Knock Down, “because they’re gonna come after you.”
“I am experienced enough to do this. I am knowledgeable enough to do this. I am prepared enough to do this. I am mature enough to do this. I am brave enough to do this.”Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2018)
My husband supports my running for President, and encouraged me to blog about the process so that others could be involved and learn from it, good or bad, as I do. People would have said I was crazy before Trump the real estate millionaire became President—before the Squad took the House.
“It’s time for ordinary people to do extraordinary things.”Paula Jean Swearengin, Knock Down the House (2019)
So, I’ll post officially over on the official site for the campaign, angelaglass2020.org, but for now here’s a bit of a sneak peek into the process as it begins in earnest, January 2020…
First off, know that I have thought about running for and becoming President since 2011. I registered as an official Independent candidate for President, with the campaign committee Angela Glass 2020, a year ago.
Second, know that I do not intend to take money—not PAC, not $20 donations from you, your family, or your co-workers.
So, over the course of the year I did my own field research having with conversations with people from all walks of life—from Carolina to California—and business, including joining other candidates at SXSW. (Incidentally, AOC outdrew the Presidential Candidates, according to Texas Monthly). While they were on stage pitching I was out in the crowd, listening.
I attended a few groups where we talked about the nearly impossible odds.
Now in 2020 the campaign moves from exploratory and research to action.
Running as an Independent candidate is all about ballot access.
There are nearly as many burning hoops to jump through as there are states in order to have your name printed on the ballot in every state.
I was raised in North Carolina, so let’s take their ballot access laws for independent presidential candidates as an example… to have your name printed on the ballot you must collect “1.5% of the total number of votes cast for governor in the last general election”—which amounts to 70,665 signatures for the 2020 election—and file before 3/3/2020.
To put that into perspective, that’s the third largest number of signatures required by the states my campaign is focused on, and the earliest deadline.
California is first, with a whooping 196,964 signatures required.
Florida—home to some of my family, and Parkland—is second with 132,781 signatures required. Following North Carolina is Indiana (where I was born) with 44,885 signatures. The numbers drop dramatically from there.
But collecting signatures requires manpower and that ultimately requires money. Not only do I not take PAC money, but I have no desire to compete for the donations of people who really just don’t have more money to give.
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other free services like those can support spreading the word as much as vying for primetime news time.
While it’s not ideal, my campaign is going with the idealist hope that people can remember the name “Angela Glass” to write-in when it’s time to vote.
North Carolina only requires that a “person seeking to become a presidential write-in candidate must obtain signatures of 500 qualified North Carolina voters (and engage in a two-step process that involves the county boards of elections where each signer is registered and [with] the State Board).”
I’m targeting the audience of 343 electoral college votes with my campaign.
Trump received 306 electoral college electoral votes on Election Day 2016 (which went down to 304 during the Electoral College meeting in December 2016). Barack Obama got 365 electoral votes in 2008, and 332 in 2012.
The prayer is that I beat Trump, whether it would ‘require a miracle’, or not.
I would be happy to see a Democrat win, but happier to ‘be the change’.
I would be happiest to inspire others to see they too can make a difference.
#AngelaGlass2020 #Change #ThinkDifferent #VoteDifferent #Independent