Primary electionMany people are justifiably upset about unprincipled representatives today at all levels of government. In spite of the fact that “RINOs” have been a persistent problem for years, I am still amazed to hear experienced commentators talking about how they have “had enough”, are going “stand and fight”, “start a third party”, “run independent candidates”, or “throw the bums out in November.”

The bottom line is that due to incumbents from both parties protecting themselves through gerrymandering, such battle cries are largely a waste of breath.  However, this does NOT mean the system is impossible to change – not even close. In fact, the system is exceedingly vulnerable for the establishment.  People are just looking for change in the wrong place. I don’t know how many times it needs to be said, but here goes one more time,

“EIGHTY PERCENT OF DISTRICTS ARE CONTROLLED BY ONE PARTY. AN ORANGE JUICE CAN WILL WIN IN THE GENERAL AS LONG AS THERE IS AN (R) OR A (D) BY ITS NAME. THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE A CHANGE IS BY DEFEATING INCUMBENTS IN THE PRIMARY!”

In spite of this overwhelming reality fewer than one in four voters even bothers to show up for the primary. Many hoot and holler, post online, write letters to the editor, shout at their TVs, and otherwise complain – but they only have themselves to blame for spinning their wheels.

On May 6, 2014, Ohio has its next statewide primary. The filing deadline for new candidates is February 5th. There are three wide open opportunities to get better representation and defeat the RINOs in our state in this upcoming primary. They are as follows,

1). County Central Committee. It takes five signatures to run for this unpaid position. There is one representative elected from every precinct (there are fewer than 10,000 in Ohio). For open seats in 2014, signatures must be turned in by the filing deadline on February 5. Central committee members endorse and select candidates for political parties on the local level. When a central committee votes to endorse a candidate in the primary, that person has a 90%+ chance of winning the primary. If such an endorsement occurs in a one-party district, the candidate is all but certain to win in the general. Regular citizens joining central committee upsets the power base of the establishment. Many of these positions go without a candidate even bothering to file. In such cases, party officials appoint people to these positions who will support endorsement for their establishment friends. Learn more about running for precinct committee at: ohioprecinctproject.com.

2). State Central Committee. As with county central committee, it takes five signatures to run for this office. It is also an unpaid position and, for 2014, the filing deadline is February 5. Ohio has 33 state Senate districts and each district gets to send one male and one female representative to serve on state central committee. So, we need 66 candidates to file and run for these positions statewide. State central committee elects the state party chairman and endorses candidates just like the county central committees do. If you are sick of RINOs in state level positions, here is where to begin fixing the problem. If the grassroots citizens want to take back the GOP in Ohio and see it restored to principled leadership, they must win a majority of the seats on state central committee.

3). Statehouse Races. The peoples’ house in Ohio is our state legislature. Electing principled representatives to the legislature would go a long way toward fixing our state – especially if enough seats are won to determine the House Speaker and the Senate President. This has been a tumultuous and revealing year in Ohio politics. Did your state Rep or state Senator vocally oppose the Obamacare Medicaid expansion or not? Is your Rep or Senator standing strong against the federal government takeover of education in Ohio (Common Core) or not?  If not, find someone to run against your Rep or Senator in the primary or run yourself (filing deadline is, February 5, 2014).  You may think that victory is unlikely – don’t be so sure. If enough principled, regular citizens run, combined with grassroots support, such an onslaught will overwhelm the incumbents’ and the party’s ability to stop them all. In such case, many new representatives will win and many RINOs will see the end of their careers.

The threshold for victory in the above races is minimal compared to general elections. In a state Rep district, it usually takes less than 10,000 votes to win in the primary. A non-establishment candidate running as a fresh alternative to what’s not working in Columbus, supported by a dozen or so local volunteers, has a very realistic chance of winning. This will be especially true if dozens of other challengers emerge statewide – a very real possibility.

So, the next time you hear “throw the bums out”, “start a third party”, or “the system is rigged”, be the more enlightened listener.  It is well within reach to restore our political system and our country to principled leadership. People need only focus their energy in the right place – and that place is the primary.

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