My Post-Election Recap

Wow, this was a crazy election we had. A lot of things went down this year, some good and quite a bit bad. I feel a serious need to talk about a number of them, if for no other reason than to process.

Wait, didn’t I run for public office?

Yes, I ran for the RTD Board of Directors and lost. In a three-way race, I got only 20% of the vote. Now, I could blame it on a lot of things. Voter turnout was worse this year than it was last year. In my race alone, only 2/3rds of the people voted that voted in the same race in 2012. Ultimately, I failed and if I seek this office again, I’ll ask for help sooner. I’ll hit the pavement harder to get out the vote.

I know if I worked harder, I would have won. Too many people have told me that they voted for Judy because they actually believed she was pro-FasTracks. However, now is not the time for recrimination. Judy won and we’ll all have to live with the consequences of that.

As for me, I plan to keep my campaign website online. Because Judy removed her campaign website fairly quickly after conning the public, I’m keeping an archived copy of her campaign website online too. Lee Kemp also nuked his campaign website and while I tried to archive his site, it didn’t survive the efforts as well. I paid A Small Orange for a year in advance back in June, but I will be moving my sites sooner given recent outages at ASO. I used to be proud to refer people to A Small Orange but their service has gotten poorer.

The queue of work awaiting me

I have a ton of things to do that I put off once ballots dropped. I am currently working on websites for RCV for Colorado, the Longmont Green Party and a new transit riders’ union. This is in addition to the website designs I’m working on for and Next month, I am going to Florida to teach Sunday school classes at Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Simply put, I have a lot on my plate.

… And to top it off, I’m going to start implementing the strategies in Jeff Sanders’ book, the 5 AM Miracle.

Did I also mention that I’m planning to go vegetarian on the first? Or that I am running for the Green Party’s nomination for Governor in the 2018 election? Yeah, shoot me now.

Frankly, I must be mad doing all this stuff. But 2016 was a disappointing year. Not just because I put my heart and soul into a campaign that died, but because I don’t feel that I did enough this year. I was disqualified from a bariatric surgery programme down in Denver and I never got started with the roller derby league. I wasn’t nearly as productive as I wanted to be.

New years are always a way to recommit yourself to your goals, but year-long goals are near impossible to achieve. It is way too difficult to keep focus for that long! This is why I am adopting Jeff’s quarter system, starting my quarters in February.

Dr. Véronique Bellamy is a polymath. She graduated with a doctorate in computer science from the University of Oxford but is equally well versed in literature, manga, theology and politics.

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