I’m standing as an independent for councillor in the local elections. I’ve talked to people about this, and do plan to identify as “informed by the Pirate Party”. The idea was to build up a profile at local levels to leverage into higher levels of Government. I plan to sell the idea that others in the pirate party would have an “outside perspective” to help me make sense of what’s going on, together with my personal “on the ground and there” perspective.
I’ll be working on my campaign statement for my website. I’ve already had two invites to candidates forums.
I’m planning to sink about $1,000 of my own money into this, but also run a relaxed campaign. I’m planning for ads in the local papers of about $300 each pointing to the statement on my website, leaving about $300 for printing. This could be at the local officeworks, or perhaps something more serious. I can just print out a typed shortened version of my candidates’ statement, or perhaps go for something more polished.
That’s the “me” candidates statement, but I still have lots of Bennelong leaflets I can hand out to give people an idea of what the Pirate Party is about.
Apart from the Pirate Party, I anticipate having people from the Non Smokers Movement of Australia and the Sydney Outdoor Lighting Improvement Society at booths to hand out flyers. How many would they need? But Pirates are welcome to come along too.
If I go above $1,000 there are additional accounting requirements and I would have to open a dedicated account. So, I’m not planning to go above that unless someone gives me a good reason.
I’m not planning to letterbox, but I’m also planning to make a point of mentioning how I don’t want to waste paper. I have something of a reputation in the area - it will be interesting to see if that converts into something more.