A good friend of mine, Rey Garduño, has announced his campaign for the District 6 City Council seat.
Rey is running a "Clean" campaign, which means he is undertaking a series of steps outlined through legislation to qualify for public financing of his campaign. Once he's successfully qualified he will not accept any private money to finance his campaign, including his own family money.
As a private citizen, Rey has been a strong advocate of clean elections legislation and ethics in government reform bills. I think its very fitting that he would now run for City Council utilizing the clean elections rules. In addition to his work in this area, I can attest to the strong progressive values that Rey holds and hope you will all take a moment to read more about him on his website.
For those of you living in District 6, I have another strong request: support the concept of "clean elections" by contributing $5 to Rey's campaign by the last week in May, which will qualify him as a "clean" candidate. The rules state that a candidate has to turn in just under 300 signatures with accompanying $5 contributions by the end of May in order to qualify. Let's all do as much as we can to ensure that all those who want to run clean campaigns are able to do so by meeting this benchmark. In fact, you can contribute the $5 to any and all candidates who are running in your district...because this is about ensuring that everyone is able to compete for office, not just those who have access to the big moneybags.
How can you contribute? Well, you can track me down because I have some of the forms. Or, you can contact Rey directly. In fact, he is having a "signing party" this Saturday. Please see below for a note from him and details about the signing party. And, please pass this information along to everyone you know who lives in District 6!
Thursday, May 17, 2007