From time to time, we’ll be posting links to stories in TW’s archives that shed some light about today’s issues or help you better understand Southern Arizona politics.
Our first installment: Campaigning 101: 10 Simple Rules for Running for Office, a piece I wrote before last year’s city election. We hope it will help all the candidates out there improve their game. The illustrations are by Rand Carlson.
Campaigning 101: 10 Simple Rules for Running for Office
Originally published on Nov. 1, 2007
When Tucson voters go to the polls next week, they’ll be filling in the ovals on a pretty lame ballot. With the exception of Proposition 200–the water-and-trash initiative that has the city’s power structure spending three-quarters of a million bucks on an opposition campaign to thwart John Kromko’s latest nitwit scheme–the races have all been about as exciting as your average hour of C-SPAN.
Only one City Council race–the contest between Democrat Rodney Glassman and Republican Lori Oien–has been remotely competitive. Despite a formidable Democratic registration advantage, the closest thing to a Democratic challenger to Republican Mayor Bob Walkup was a homeless guy preoccupied with lasers and Rio Nuevo.
Walkup is now facing a Green Party candidate, Dave Croteau, who says he just doesn’t have the time to learn how the city budget works when we ask him how he’d pay for his various proposals. Croteau says he’ll have people smarter than him explain it all to him after he’s elected.
Don’t sweat it, Dave–there’s not much chance of that happening.
Oh, there we go again, making fun of people. We’ve done that occasionally over the last few months, leading to the usual complaints about how mean we are. (Those are balanced by the complaints that we aren’t mean enough, by the way.)
So we think it is time that we lay out the bare minimums we expect from candidates, and what we’re liable to do, depending on how they approach these items. Future candidates: If you think that the mockery you get for violating these rules is cruel, the response from the mainstream dailies and TV stations will be a lot worse. They’ll just ignore you.
These rules, which we’ve cooked up with help from a few shadowy political-consultant types who would prefer Continue reading
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