Peter Myers for Congress

I'm Peter Myers, the Green Party candidate for the 15th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Congress. On this blog, you can read about the campaign and the issues, and offer me feedback as well. I hope you enjoy reading the blog, and I hope you'll join the campaign for change.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Push for Signatures

Last night, I met with Merriam and Edward, two active Greens; and Paul, my friend, roommate and webmaster who is becoming more and more active in politics. We went to one of the South Bay's ubiquitous Starbucks and strategized about the campaign for more than two hours. I started by giving them an update:

  • The campaign has raised $310 in its first two weeks of fundraising. I set the goal for January at $1,000, so we've got to push in the second half of the month to meet our goal.
  • The past week has been slow because I was starting a new job and moving to a new apartment. That turbulence has largely stopped, and I'm now able to focus again on my campaign.

  • We discussed some long-term and short-term strategic goals, and we all came away very excited about the next month. In the short term, our goal is to get 250 signatures from registered Green Party voters in the district, so that we can safely exceed the 150 necessary to waive the expensive filing fee. We will be concentrating in Los Gatos and Campbell, where we live, and we'll build our momentum from there.

    We all came away from the table with a list of things to do, including getting in touch with some other congressional candidates in the area. One task on my to-do list is already done; you can now download this flyer, which describes my campaign platform and prominently features the web address. You can start helping the campaign by printing out the flyer and handing them out to your friends, neighbors and acquaintances. It's time to mobilize, and I can't do it without your support.

    Monday, January 7, 2008

    Taking the power back

    California was an interesting place this weekend; it just wasn't very well illuminated. Storms and gusts of wind over 50 mph knocked over power lines up and down the entire West coast. My parents' house in Los Gatos was without power from Friday morning until early Saturday morning, and the internet stayed down longer than that. No power and the inability to go outside in the bad weather made the day a bust in general, but I gathered some friends together and we played Scrabble by candlelight.

    Sunday, with the power back on, I went to church with my parents, and even did some fundraising at coffee hour. I'm happy to say that we've now raised $200 in just the first week of the new year, on our way to our $1,000 goal for the month of January. Remember to contribute by clicking on "Join the Campaign" and the Donate button. A contribution of $25 or even less will be a step forward, allowing us to spread the word about the dangerous military-industrial complex.

    Thursday, January 3, 2008

    Meeting with the Greens, and our first contributions

    Tonight I went to the Green Party of Santa Clara County's monthly meeting, held at the Peace Center in San Jose on the first Thursday of every month. At the beginning of the meeting, I took 10 minutes out of the agenda to update everyone on my campaign's progress and to talk about my platform. They had some suggestions for me, and they also gave me my first campaign contributions; the campaign is now $83 in the black. It's a start, and hopefully there will be a whole lot more support where that came from.

    I also registered two more people today, both as Greens. That brings our total registration numbers up to four people. Once again, not numbers to brag about yet, but the key word there is "yet".