Neil Pople for Sacramento Charter Review Commission Charter Review Commission in CA www.facebook.com/NeilPopleForSacramentoCharterReviewCommission
2737 Norcross Dr
Primary Election Date: 2012-11-06 General Election Date: 2012-11-06
Who am I?
I am a life-long Democrat and a nearly-life-long Sacramento area resident. I started my campaign world work as a paid staffer for several congressional races-- from Francine Busby in CA-50 to Doris Matsui in CA-5 to one of Charlie Brown's senior communications staff in CA-04 in both 2006 & 2008, I travelled throughout California to promote a progressive platform and phenomenal candidates. I also served on the Bill Bradley, Wesley Clark and John Kerry Presidential campaigns as a young student, culminating in a time working for Hillary Clinton's primary races in New Hampshire & CA.
I have stayed active in local politics since "retiring" in 2008. I most recently ended a one-year stint as Communications Chair for the Stonewall democratic Club of Greater Sacramento.
Why am I running?
I've been inspired to run from all the women & men who've come before me. There are so many great leaders in American history that we've never heard of-- the small town mayors and state assemblymembers who've made substantive decisions that no one tells stories of in the history books. I'm inspired by them to do good work and not expect to be exhalted for it.
This charter review commission can help lay the foundation for good government in Sacramento. Future city councilmembers and mayors will depend on what we do to make good decisions that will affect not just residents in city limits, but throughout the region.
My first goal is to clean out the outdated and defunct articles in the city charter. There's literally an addendum to an article in the charter that is older than me by two months, essentially saying "please disregard this article." Streamlining the process will help move Sacramento forward.
I would also like to find a way to put a progressive spin on the charter, most notably finding room to include equality in the document. On this, as a member of the LGBT community, I have unique perspective and feel I can add to the dialogue required to make equal rights a part of Sacramento's permanent foundation.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
I am doing this campaign with the aid of my fiancee, roommate, and friends. We aren't professionals, we aren't tied to special interests, and we aren't getting big bucks from major donors. My campaign strategy is simple: raise enough money to purchase some ads, and spend every available chance knocking on doors or attending community events. This race is new to the city, low in the "important" chain, but city-wide. It is a unique race, but it will take grassroots efforts to make it happen!