As you can imagine, I was really tired after the 2018 election cycle. I had entered late, not until after my consulting gig with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice ended on January 31, 2018.
I asked the Warren County Green Party for their endorsement as the NY-21 Green Party Congressional candidate on February 12, 2018. Then the entire North Country of upstate New York got hammered with far below zero temperatures, 14 inch snowstorms, more snow, some warming, ice storms, more snow and I didn’t actually start campaigning until late March. I gave it my all through Election Night.
For the last ten days, I slept in a lot, took care of some bureaucratic idiocies, started to sort the piles of paper on the kitchen table and in my office, made plans for Thanksgiving, got somewhat back into my fitness routine, drove to Maryland for my pre-cataract surgery evaluation, had breakfast and lunch with good friends, almost finished my article that was due Wednesday, filled the car with discount food and wine, and drove back home up into the Adirondack Mountains. Woke up this morning to about 8 inches of snow.
That’s a lot of thinking time. I feel empowered, and I have found my voice. I decided to take my major campaign statements and explain them better in the form of a short book with ten core chapters. Other issues raised and debated during the campaign will be published as articles on Independent Voter News (IVN.us) and Democracy Chronicles (democracychronicles.org). I will begin a podcast series in January 2019. I am thinking about running for office again and yes I have a few surprises.
For the second New Year’s Eve in a row, my resolution will be to write those hundreds of overdue Thank You notes. You know if you are on my thank you list. More soon.