Since 2003, one political party’s had a monopoly on Texas government.
Don’t you think it’s time to bust it?
Today, I’m launching the Monopoly Buster Ballot – with the idea that state government could use a little … let’s say, competition.
But the outcome depends on you.
Starting now, you can go to http://www.kirkwatson.com/monopolybuster, and vote for one of 28 strong public servants running for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. Each of these incumbents faces a challenge from a certain political party that thinks its monopoly needs to last another two years – at least.
The candidate who gets the most online votes will receive a $10,000 contribution from my campaign, with $1,500 going to the runner-up. But this ballot isn’t about money.
It’s all about you, your friends, family, Facebook crew, Twitter followers, and everyone you know. After all, it takes people – a lot of them – to bust a monopoly.
Here’s how it works:
1. Go vote. Right now. Seriously. Stop whatever you’re doing, go to www.kirkwatson.com/monopolybuster, check out the candidates, and vote for one using your name and email address. It won’t take long – you can only vote once, after all.
2. Tell everyone you know. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. Use the Facebook or Twitter links on the “Thank You” page. Blast out an email. Talk about it at the water cooler or over dinner. However you spread the word, spread it, and get all of your friends, family members, co-workers, acquaintances and what not to vote.
3. Come back for Round 2. The first round of voting goes through March 26. The five candidates with the most votes will move on to Round 2, which will go until April 3. Again, the finalist with the most votes will receive a $10,000 contribution from my campaign, and the runner-up will get $1,500.
4. Win in November. No matter how the results turn out, through Monopoly Buster, you’ll be connected with the candidate you vote for. Better yet, so will your friends and everyone else who votes for your candidate through this Ballot. This will help the candidates stay organized and build support as they drive toward November.
This people power is the biggest benefit of the Monopoly Buster Ballot. A ton of political groups are set up to raise money (and a lot of them will spend that money this year to maintain the monopoly in state government). But while money is nice in a campaign, it’s people – like you – who really win elections. My goal is to bring more folks into the process to support these campaigns and build Texas' future.
And I aim to have some fun doing it.
So go to www.kirkwatson.com/monopolybuster. Cast your vote. Tell your friends. And, whatever you do, stay involved.
If we can do all of that, we can bust this monopoly.