Saturday, April 21, 2018

Why Run? An Experiment of sorts.

      Running for elected office is difficult even at the local level.  Running for Congress is like climbing a mountain.  As a candidate, you need a small army to run a successful campaign. You also need to be well funded and have the support of one or more well known individuals or entities.  The thought of running for Congress is an overwhelming one. A decision I have prayed about for many years. With Congress Woman Marsha Blackburn vacating her position to run for the Senate, the time seemed right, and I have decided to put forth my name as a candidate for Congress representing the 7th District in the great state of Tennessee.
     I have many reasons for taking on this seemingly insurmountable feat. One is that I am very idealistic, almost to a fault,

               but I want to believe that an ordinary person with few resources and even fewer connections in the political realm could have the opportunity to participate in the governing of this great nation.

     For a long time, I have believed that the only way to be afforded the opportunity to run, and perhaps, even be elected to serve in a federal office is if you had the support of important people and were well funded by political parties.  A person with enough money and the backing of a fierce political machine has a huge advantage over anyone else regardless of what their message is about.  Well, I have neither the resources or the support of any well known or well funded entities. I am a normal person with a 9-5 job and a family - living a quiet life in a smallish town.  I am not a wealthy person and I have few resources to draw from to make a competitive run for this office.  I do not know anyone with influence and I do not know anyone currently holding any elected positions.  I do not have an advisor or a manager or a treasurer or anyone else to help me with this campaign.  I'm just one man with an idea.  An experiment if you will.  Is the world of politics in America just for the few, the elite, the wealthy, and well connected people?  Or can a someone like myself make a real difference.  I WANT TO BELIEVE I CAN! And with your help and support, we may just pull off an upset.

     In an upcoming post, I will talk more about why I am running for office and why you should even consider voting for me. I think you will be surprised.

Thank you very much for your time,
Brent Legendre

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