I look at the make up of the district such as if it is a black majority district. I will vote for a black person especially at the beginning of the new district to put a black person in that seat. If that black person does not do a good job, I would hope that a better black person would run the next time. After 2 terms if it is a 2 year term and I don’t feel good about the black candidate then I may support a white candidate if I feel they will better represent me.
I look at the person on a personal note what I know about them.
I look at if I am a personal friend of a candidate and if that person and I can’t agree to disagree while that person is not seeking an office, then I would have a hard time supporting them to represent me.
I look at name recognition because if the person is not known and the other candidate is that could be a problem. If that unknown candidate put together a powerful political machine and will be able to get the majority of the communities made aware of who they are, then I will give them the benefit of the doubt.
I look at if a person has participated on the precinct level, participated on the county level and meetings around the county. It makes a difference because I know the active Democrats know something about them. Also if this candidate is actively engaged on these levels then they should know what the issues are.
I look at others whom I know who are actively engaged in politics and taking in consideration who they are voting for after consulting with them.
I look at how I think others will vote because I value my vote. I want to win. However if I want to just make a statement, then I may take a risk of going with someone whom I feel may should not be the right one. I do that is very rarely. I look at the odds and I will have to go with where my heart lead me.
I always post something on my blog about election time is coming up so if you are thinking about running for an office you need to contact The DCN however that is a candidates choice.
I look at the timing of the candidate that is seeking an office, if I feel the timing is right or if I feel they do not have a 51% chance of winning. For me it is all about timing, if I know the candidate, if I know someone that knows the candidate, if the candidate has been actively engaged in politics, if I hear anyone talking about the candidate and especially if I hear from the candidate and not in the last hour.
Now what candidates must understand is that I will tell them straight up where I stand so they will have no doubt. I will choose to work with them, against them or stay neutral if I feel the need to do so according to how I feel about a particular race. This is something that most folks will not do, but will have candidates thinking they have their support when actually they do otherwise.
I tell folks all the time that a candidate can’t be everywhere all the time but a candidate must have a strong political machine when running a campaign so therefore I look at what kind of campaigning is going on in the communities in which they are running. So therefore if I don’t know anything about a candidate and no one is talking about the candidate in my community, then why should I vote for that candidate?