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Dear Friends… and friends of friends… Democrats, Republicans and Independents ~
Your portion of power is what makes America work… Exercise it differently and watch the world change in 2014!
I know it is quite early in the world of politics to announce a bid for elected office. However, this world has changed over the past few years due to Supreme Court decisions making money equal to speech.
I grew up in a world where we believed that the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution protected the speech of citizens… real live people just like you and I. Today, it is not simply the ideas of citizens that is considered speech but money, too. The cost associated with running a campaign for a seat in the state senate is high… more than most of us could afford to spend on such an endeavor without undermining the financial status of our families. This, however, should not keep us from running for office and having our voices resonate in the chambers of state politics.
Money is not the only form of currency available to us. In fact, face-to-face, voice-to-voice, Facebook page-to-Facebook page is a powerful form of currency still protected by the 1st Amendment and readily available to a great number of us.
For this reason I am announcing now my bid for the seat of State Senate District 2. I have run five campaigns in my years. Two have been successful… while the others have been an uphill battle. I’m running as an Independent and also making efforts to build a Maine Families Party. For too long we have listened to both political parties promise to represent the values of families and at the same time we have watched as the jobs necessary to support families have continued to go overseas. If there is one thing absolutely essential to the fabric of a family and the communities in which they live, it is an opportunity to earn a living and ensure a brighter future for our children. Regardless of promises made, these opportunities have continued to shrink rather than grow.
The most pressing issue for me as your state senator will be to build an alliance with other state legislatures and force the federal government to revise trade agreements that steal from us the opportunity to earn and provide for ourselves and our families. Please join me in this fight. Use Facebook to connect with me… visit my website: www.rickburns.org and share your ideas. Participate in the process of making your state senate look and sound more like you, your family and friends. Message me on Facebook and share your thoughts.
How can you help?
1) If you live in the district, you can sign my nomination petition when the time comes… I will be posting updates on my website regarding. The website also has a link which will let you know if you reside in this district.
2) I will need to raise money… preferably a large number of $5.00 checks made payable to the Maine Clean Election Fund. Again, the website will give updates regarding when this should happen… state law dictates when fund raising can begin.
3) Start Facebook discussion about the importance of building a coalition of citizens within the ten towns that comprise Senate District 2 (the website identifies the towns).
4) Message me on face book with your name and contact info or send it via e-mail. I can also be reached at home – 207-698-1526
I can be reached by e-mail at RickBurnsSenate2@hotmail.com. Let’s start the process now and ensure the win later.
Please see the Mouseland video on the Links page for more on the two-party monopoly.