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Council campaign on a shoestring

Original post made on Aug 25, 2010

A city policy encourages City Council candidates to spend less than $20,000 on their election campaigns, but candidate Greg David intends to spend well below that.

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Posted by GSB
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm

If he thinks $1k is enough, he clearly (1) hasn't done his homework, (2) doesn't plan on doing any type of mailing and (3) isn't planning on doing any ads/fliers at all.

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Posted by jupiterk
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I like this guy and I hope he is not empty baloney like the other city council members that are out there now. And I do hope that he is outraged by the city manager's salary and interest free loans to buy home, the pension and the salary of the librarians, overtime pay of the police and firefighters,pension plans of all city employees. It seems like we have a mini Arab country here right in the middle of Silicon valley. Actually i take that back. whole of California cities/towns and the entire state is operating like Brunei.

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Posted by Really!
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 25, 2010 at 4:39 pm

If David is so naive as to think that "it shouldn't take thousands or tens of thousands of dollars to be a council member," I think he is out of touch with reality. Get with the program, son! If he finds an alternative (not spending over $1,000 and get elected), he will be my personal hero!

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Posted by Political Insider
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2010 at 12:13 am

The only recent independent candidates to win and spend less than everyone else were Perry and Means. Both spent way less than 10K and went up against candidates that were heavily financed/endorsed by political parties and special interest groups. It can be done with well placed signs and a lot of neighborhood walking. IN Sunnyvale David Whitum won a council seat with very little spending. If someone spends 20K for a 4 yr term that pays 5K/yr, you have to wonder about who they sold out to.

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Posted by GSB
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 26, 2010 at 7:34 am

@political insider:

Signs are going to cost him more than $500, unless he's only going to campaign in his neighborhood.

Campaigning can be done without tons of money, but you still need to be realistic about costs.

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Posted by Tina
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 26, 2010 at 11:56 am

Greg David who?

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Posted by Greg David
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm

So far my signs have cost me nothing but sweat.

I'm serious about not spending money unnecessarily.

Greg David

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Posted by Michael Johnson
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I really dis-like how people are so hung up on Mr.Davids pledge to spend as little as possible to run for office. I myself grew up in downtown Mtn.View,Many of the business'in downtown made their start by spending as little as possible and many have become very successful..
Spending money isn't hard work. What Mr.David has pledged here is to work hard for what he believes in,something that has fallen by the side of the road here in Mtn.View. Think of all the tech companies that made their start right here in mv. they all started with very little, but through hard work and dedication they changed the world.

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Posted by Mike Jackson
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 27, 2010 at 4:46 pm

With Minton's going out of business sale he can make lots of signs cheap...

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Posted by the299crew
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 30, 2010 at 12:47 pm

This is likely to be the only candidate that I vote for in the upcoming election. Sometimes having feet on the ground is just the right ticket. We have a lot of bozos in this race, and there are sure to be many who sit in our MV council seats, but let's at least elect one person with some common sense.

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