Thursday, February 11, 2010

Constitution Party Will Have Candidate for Governor

The Republicans have not given any hint of finding an opponent for unstoppable killing machine Gov. Mike Beebe. The little-known Constitution Party IS giving such hints. They already have someone lined up to run. It only remains to be seen if they can get ballot access. Here is a message to the members from Chairman Tom Mayfield....

We are quickly approaching the November election in Arkansas and throughout the nation. I want to supply everyone with some general information about candidates and registering to run as a Constitution Party Candidate.

1) We will have to get ballot access to run candidates in the November election. We will start working on ballot access the middle of March. Once we start we will have 90 days to get it complete. Right now we have to get 10 thousand signatures on petitions. I am waiting on information from the Election Office of the SoC to know the exact form and manner of doing this. I will be passing information along in a few days on this.

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5) We will have a candidate running in the Governor’s race. We hope to support this candidate and capture more than 3% of the vote. If we can do this then we will be on the ballot next election without having to do ballot access.

6) Thanks to all the County Chairmen and people throughout the state that have been working to build the CPA this past year. We have experienced large growth in membership. I will be sending out notification of a state wide convention in the coming weeks. We would really like to have as many attend this meeting as possible.

Again thanks to all and I will be sending more information out soon.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have a GREAT shot at getting the 3 percent this year.

12:59 PM, February 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So who is it?

1:33 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

That would be the only reason the Republicans would run anybody against Beebe, they need the 3% to get ballot access in 2012.

6:37 PM, February 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the CPA runs a good candidate. A candidate who is articulate, good on camera, and charismatic, I could see that candidate really taking off and possibly becoming force in the state. Especially if the GOP doesn't put up anyone or a empty suite.

8:34 PM, February 12, 2010  
Anonymous Ann said...

In general I would be more likely to favor a Constitution Party candidate over a Republican, and therefore I would be inclined to help circulate petitions for ballot access. However, I see the reasoning that third parties split the vote and help the other side win. What do the readers here think?

9:03 PM, February 12, 2010  
Anonymous Ann said...

Instant run-off voting would eliminate the vote-splitting problem, of course.

9:10 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

In this particular race, the problem of vote-splitting won't matter because if the GOP had someone with a chance to beat Beebe we would already know about them.

The Chair said he will use ballot access responsible and not split races like US Senate where he thinks a staunch conservative like Holt would win the primary. A Bailout Boozman winning is a whole 'nother matter.

5:08 AM, February 13, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Tom better get a move on. Because his 90 day clock started on February 2. That is when the window opens, not mid-march. And ny the way. he doesn't have to wait for the Secretary of State. You can download it from their site. This just makes me shake my head.

8:50 AM, February 13, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice brief and this enter helped me alot in my college assignement. Thank you for your information.

9:56 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I believe you are looking at an old version of the law. The new version says they can use any 90 day period, as long as they have things set 120 days before the election. Correct me if I am wrong.

11:00 AM, February 13, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, anonymous, it's not too late to help Tom get the signatures required. Or would you rather just scoff, gripe, and moan?

Yeah. Thought so.

11:17 AM, February 13, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark you are never wrong. Just incorrect in this case. The entire book can be downloaded at the SOS office website, under publications. The new version is effective Feb 2010. Expands the time frame from 60 to 90 days. There is also a current election calendar which covers the important dates. As far as helpingpast this point, no I am a Democrat. But I am also an American so information fairly provided, everyone deserves their chance to exercise the system and law. Would I sign yes, vote no. But I am not going to sit on the sidelines and laugh and watch someone miss out on an opportunity because they didn't know the process. So take it for what it is and act accordingly.

11:26 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I guess I am still wrong, or right. I am looking at the 2010 handbook for candidates, and I still don't see anything that would force the start date back to Feb. 2nd.

6:04 PM, February 13, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, a signature is better than nothing, and I couldn't ask for more from someone who doesn't share the same political beliefs.

Wish more people shared the view that everyone has a right to run for office without undue burden or discrimination.

6:09 PM, February 13, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plain English Handbook for Candidates. 2010, Read the bottom third of Page 19. The entire third paragraph appplies.

4:17 AM, February 14, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Wish more people shared the view that everyone has a right to run for office without undue burden or discrimination"

So do a lot of us, especially those that want independents to run. This is one of the ways it will shake up the two party system into once again representing the people, not some lame party concept that has been hijacked.
I know toss it out there, independents cannot win. Look deep at our problems and maybe it is time to change that. Or not. What is going on now is not working.

Flame on!

9:37 AM, February 14, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In general, independents cannot win. But that doesn't mean they should be prevented from running.

Throw in IRV to prevent vote-splitting, and who cares who runs as what? May the best candidate win.

1:35 PM, February 14, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Page 19 are the rules for independent candidates. Page 25 gives the rules for new party candidates who circulate petitions to get on the ballot without having gotten 3% of the vote in the previous election.

4:33 PM, February 14, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Even though Lincoln has some advantages against him that she would not have with the others (he voted for a lot of the same junk she did, they are both insiders for their respective political clubs, and he is one of the few candidates who cannot out-orate her) I think he has an excellent chance to defeat her- just like Holt and Baker do.

The real threat is not that he fails to defeat her, but that he becomes the Republican version of her.

5:46 AM, February 16, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

5:54 AM, February 17, 2010  

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