Doug Platz is a candidate I'll be pushing in the months ahead. He's a soon-to-be Emerson grad who's stepping up to run against a very popular state rep, Dave Steil.
I met Doug at a houseparty and was immediately floored by his intelligence, presence, grasp of state and local issues and, more than anything, his obvious dedication to students in the district. One of his big issues, in addtion to education, will be openess and accountability in the state government. We're sorely lacking both of those right now. He's the kind of person who makes you want to be involved in politics. How many of them are there around like that? Paul Lang is one. (Paul: get that website up!) Chuck Pennacchio is another. And there's Doug.
Right now everyone is in petition-mode so the campaign won't be able to really kick off until some time after March 7, when we find out who will even be on the ballot. There's always that horrible period of waiting while the signatures are certified. That's when you hear and start to believe the horror stories of the candidate who missed the ballot by three signatures and it was because her mother and two sisters filled out their township incorrectly!!!! It gets crazy.