Empty With Thought Today

I went into the new year with many things hidden away in my mind, things that I felt are worth putting out on a political blog such as this. Unfortunately they have yet to find their way on the blog, much less on a sheet of paper. The reasons are many and in the end it comes down to a little bit of exhaustion and a whole lot of procrastination. Hmm.

But while I have not been writing all that much, I have kept my eyes open to the world around me and in my own backyard. The coming year in northside San Antonio politics looks interesting enough. I am still committed to taking that closer look at the state representative race in district 122. For right now it looks like Dr. Ali will get the nomination from Democratic voters as former city councilman Art Hall has graciously withdrawn from the race and endorsed Dr. Ali. While I still believe that former county commissioner Lyle Larson will be the nominee for the Republicans, he will have to go through a couple of other feisty candidates for the nomination.

I should also note that today is our nation’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. For many of us it is a time of relaxation, a time off from work and school, and a time to spend with family. But for many of us it is also a time for reflection on the legacy that has been left to us by Martin Luther King, Jr. For me, the reflection is on a word, “tolerance.”

Following an Election

When I read that Frank Corte was not going to run for office again my first thought was that I was not running for anything. This particular office, a seat on the state lege, has gotten my notice before. I sometimes thought that after finishing college and teaching a few years I would look into this seat or a run for a seat on the state board of education. Either way, I felt that by that time, in the future, I would be in a better position to run, and win, than other Democrats in the past. Even before Frank Corte made his decision, I was looking at the possibility of running for a seat on the Alamo College Board of Trustees, about a few minutes later I decided to leave well enough alone and not run for this or any other offices coming up in the near future.

The reasons to not run are many, none of them do not really deal with the long odds of a liberal Democrat, like me, winning a seat in the more conservative part of town I call home in San Antonio, but rather my own lack of motivation and organization needed to make a strong run. I will go into more detail in a future post in the next few days but as I look at the clock and realize that I am catching a morning plane from Minneapolis, MN to San Antonio, TX, I have to defer to the need to catch a little rest between now and tomorrow, early in the morning. But I will say that there are good reasons for me to not run and even a other reason why I may even make a Democratic candidate with just a little more than a snowball’s chance to win an election in my conservative community.