I soon found out out that recruiting candidates to run for office is not such an easy task, for after 3 weeks we had only recruited 2 candidates with our presuppositions. So, with one week to go before the filing deadline, I decided that I ought to run and find out first hand what everyone was so apprehensive about. Again, with the permission of the California School Project Board, I filed to run for the California State Senate in the 30th District where I live (La Mirada, Whittier, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Montebello, East LA, etc) to run against Ron Calderon, the Head of the State Banking and Finance Committee. By March 12 my name was qualified to be placed on the June 8 California Primary ballot. Amazing! Retired missionary, now running for the CA State Senate. Am I qualified? I certainly know how to vote "No" on an unbalanced budget, so maybe in the view of the Liberals, I am not qualified, but then that one thing makes me more than qualified then all of them in my mind.
This is a very interesting education and a much bigger undertaking than I had imagined. No wonder most express reluctance to run for an office. And then there are are the two formerly unknown big questions that suddenly loom....(smile) "What if I don't win?" and the other (even bigger smile) "What if I do win?"