On February 2nd, all registered candidates had to submit the first campaign finance disclosure of 2016. This is one of the first times for people to get to compare my campaign side-by-side with my opponent's. So let's do that.
Let's start by what has already been covered in the Tennessean. For the disclosure period ending January 15th, 2016, we had contributions totaling $25,681 and my opponent had total receipts of $43,962.81.
Now, you may have noticed a slight difference in terminology there. I said that we had contributions totaling about $25k and my opponent had total receipts of about $44k. The difference is that total receipts includes loans whereas contributions are, well, they don't have to be paid back and aren't a liability on the campaign's books. My opponent had contributions totaling $33,962.81.
So where did the other $10,000 come from? It was a loan from himself to the campaign. This is on top of an existing outstanding loan for $8,000 that he had loaned to his campaign prior to this disclosure period.
There has also been a lot of speculation that this race would end up being a battle of people versus PACs. So I thought it would also be interesting to separate out individual contributions and PAC contributions. As you can see, we haven't had any contributions from PACs.
Not that there is anything inherently wrong with PACs. Instead, I think it is relevant because it helps us get to the most important bottom line from campaign finance disclosures: how much support does each candidate have?
The picture is clear: my campaign has more supporters, who have contributed more money. In a race of people versus PACs, I am the candidate on the side of the people.
Oh, and is the support building?
By looking at the timing of individual contributions, we might be able to get a sense of the early momentum of each campaign.
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I suspect we will talk about coding quite a bit during this election. At the same time that we are talking about coding, I will actually be coding.
This weekend, Erica and I have mostly been holed up in the house and getting the campaign website and email platform to a point that we like. There is still more to write, but we have a pretty good shell now.
We have also been working with Jane to get our email newsletter setup and scheduled for tomorrow morning. It will be sent out via MyEmma.com. I have enjoyed using Emma again and it has been fun to see what decisions I made as a coder that live on today (even though I believe all of the code I had written is now replaced after a major code rewrite a couple of years ago).
The work Erica and I did this weekend saved us a few thousand dollars. That is money we either don't have to raise, or can put to another use. As a candidate who codes, with a wife in marketing, sometimes it is nice to just stay at home for a weekend and save a few bucks :)
It was just over a month ago that The Tennessean first broke the news that I was gearing up for a campaign.
While it is uncommon for a major newspaper to publish a 700 word article about a school board election 8 months away, it wasn't unexpected.
Then, this past Monday morning, Nashville Public Radio ran a story declaring The Hottest Campaign in Nashville This Year May Be a School Board Race.
The headlines that followed tell an interesting story.
- School Board’s Hellraiser Wants Another Four Years (Nashville Scene)
- Miller set to announce challenge to Pinkston (NashvillePost)
- Pinkston, Miller set for school board showdown (The Tennessean)
- Pinkston’s Challenger Positions Himself as a Uniter (WPLN)
- Miller kicks off District 7 school board campaign (The Tennessean)
- A South Nashville school board race is already shaping up as one of 2016's most watched (Nashville Scene)
Nashville is eager for this change. So am I.
Earlier today, our campaign manager Jane and I went down to the election commission and picked up a State of Tennessee Candidate-Nominating Petition. This petition is the first step in getting my name on the official ballot for the August 4th school board election.
Since this is my first time running for an elected position, I am trying to be careful to stop and enjoy the moments when they happen.
This was one in a series of small, but life-changing, events that I will get to experience over the next few months.
The next step will be to get at least 25 signatures of registered voters who currently live in School Board District 7. Then I will turn in the petition with a copy of my GED and we should be good to go. While gathering 25 signatures won't be a challenge, I would love to meet new people who are interested in being one of the signers. Just enter your address into the Election Polling Place Finder to verify that you are in the district and then send us a message and we will schedule a time to meet up.