November 13, 2008
I am running for Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee (updated).
And, as a natural outcome of that decision, I am ceasing my blogging here on TennesseeTicket.com and in similar outlets.
After much observation and careful consideration, I have decided that the best way to encourage my fellow citizens to get involved in our local government is by asking them to allow me the honor of serving them as our next Mayor. I love the city of Chattanooga and believe that the best way to build on its recent successes, and to make this an even greater city for all of its residents and visitors, is to involve as many willing participants as possible in defining what we're doing next -- and in doing it.
The opportunities are many more than one person can manage alone, and I look forward to working toward them together.
There will be many more details to come.
Many, many thanks to the readers who have kept me going for the past few years. I hope that your interest in and engagement with your government only grows.
UPDATE 1: Bill Hobbs' post made me realize that I should have clarified something in my announcement Thursday. I have to get a site ready (which means getting a treasurer and all the related paperwork first), but I fully intend to carry on a conversation with the people while running for office.
I chose not to continue blogging at Tennessee Ticket or at Chattarati (the latter at their request, though my decision wouldn't have been different), because the perspectives of unaffiliated commentator and candidate are so different. Once running for office, anything I would say about national, state, or local government or politics would be legitimately perceived as having a candidate's "spin" on it. I see the two roles, and the two voices, as different enough to warrant separate and non-coinciding outlets.
But believe me, this campaign will employ interactive web resources (a blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc). My campaign philosophy (and governing philosophy, should this campaign prevail) is built on participation by everyday citizens.
Maybe from a technical standpoint it would have made sense to keep blogging where I have some modest page rank, but I couldn't see my way through the change without just making a clean break to a new site.
Thanks for your links, kind comments, and understanding. I'll let everyone know when the new site is up.
UPDATE 2: Welcome Instapundit readers.
Posted by: gid at November 13, 2008 4:15 PM
I live in Signal Mountain and so can't vote for you, but I wish you the best of success. We need more "average Joes," regular citizens like you (and me) to run for office and give the voters a real choice in local government.
One thing I don't understand is why you would stop blogging now. Many candidates blog regularly (I had an active blog when I ran for County Commission in 2006). Running for office might change the topics of your posts (for example I would expect you to blog about your race as opposed to other races around the city, county, and state), but I don't see why you would stop entirely. So I hope you reconsider that decision, if not the decision to run!
Posted by: Joe at November 13, 2008 4:54 PM
Best of luck! Don't forget that Obama's online presence helped his campaign. I hope you don't drop offline completely.
Posted by: Doug McCaughan at November 13, 2008 9:37 PM
Doesnt matter if you dont "live" in the city.. just change your voter registration to a city address... your work, a friends address etc. You will have to give up your Signal vote but you can switch it back when you want.
Posted by: freddfre at November 14, 2008 1:36 AM
I hate to see you go. We may have disagreed on the Presidential Election, among other things, but it has been a joy to read your blog and the information that you provided in the 2006 election.
Posted by: Josh Arrowood at November 14, 2008 9:47 AM
Joe's just caught up in the Obama moment. You have to have MONEY to win these races and while Joe is a nice guy. I dont believe he'll do the begging for money routine that is necessary to win a race like the one for Mayor of Chattanooga.
Posted by: dan t at November 14, 2008 1:31 PM
You've got my vote, Joe.
Posted by: =dan= at November 14, 2008 4:25 PM
Posted by: Winston at November 16, 2008 6:46 PM