After a lot of thought, it is with sadness that I have decided to end my campaign for State Assembly in District 20.
There is still no doubt in my mind that I am the best person to represent Assembly District 20 in Sacramento. But at the same time, I believe the voters in the district are not ready to comprehend the fact that I am exactly the kind of person who they should be electing into office. For now, the majority of the voters in the area seem to be content electing unremarkable people into office.
I am also a rational business person at heart. I am a firm believer in allowing unviable entities to wither away die rather than artificially keeping them afloat longer than necessary. My campaign for State Assembly has been unable to draw enough attention or financial support to keep it going in a strong way. Because the “voter marketplace” does not seem to spending enough dollars to keep it going, I have concluded that it is not wise to continue with my campaign.
When I walk up to an average person in the district, asking them who their current Assemblymember is, and I receive a blank stare in return, there is clearly a problem. When I walk up to a resident who is currently being represented in the Assembly by Bob Wieckowski, asking them how they think he has done in Sacramento over the past year, and they can’t even begin to give me a response, there is clearly a problem. And when I walk up to a resident who is currently being represented in the Assembly by Mary Hayashi, asking how they feel about her recent arrest for shoplifting and claims that a brain tumor affected her decision-making abilities and behavior, and they have absolutely no idea what I am talking about, there is clearly a problem. With such ignorance among the electorate, it is no wonder that there is no overwhelming movement afoot asking forcHayashi to resign from office immediately. The vast majority of the people in this area have absolutely no idea what is going on with their elected officials. I condemn the ignorance and apathy on the part of these people, as well as their acceptance of mediocrity in their elected officials. Clearly, I am not the right person to represent these people at this time.
Over the course of my time as a candidate, I have learned that I am not a very good politician. I am much better at telling people what I really think than at sucking up to people and telling them what they want to hear just to get them to donate money to my campaign or to vote for me. And even if I were to have been elected into office, I would have refused to trade favors in order to hold onto my elected office. Unfortunately, that’s the dirty and dishonest way that things are done here in California. With our current way of conducting politics, my personality means that I am not cut out to serve in elected office in California.
Ever since I was a small child, I have believed in the American political system. I have always told people about how great it is, and I have voted in every election that I was eligible to vote in since I turned 18. But I have now witnessed the ugly reality of American politics. For the system to work properly, it requires an electorate that truly understands the issues and that is willing to vote for the best person based on each candidate’s positions on the issues and personality traits. But the stark reality in such a voting area as Assembly District 20 is that the Democrat candidate, no matter how bad of a person he or she may be, will always win over a Republican candidate. The deck is stacked so far in the favor of the Democrats that a Republican has no chance. Without an honest effort on the part of the electorate to get to know the candidates, they simply wind up voting for the person with all of the fancy glossy ads touting that they are a Democrat and that they will give you things for voting for them. It really is disgusting.
Moving forward, I will continue to support the American political system on general principle. But I am going to be highly skeptical of any district, liberal or conservative, that is so biased in their political leanings that true competition does not exist. A vote in such uncompetitive races becomes essentially meaningless. It is through fair competition that the best and the brightest emerge. But in our current highly biased system, with its uncompetitive districts and uninformed electorate, we will continue to get the same sort of bad elected officials that we already see in office.
I am proud to announce that I, Adnan Shahab, am running for State Assembly in 2012.
After my defeat in the race for the Assembly District 20 seat last November, I thought long and hard about whether I should run again. I heard from many people throughout Assembly District 20, throughout California, and throughout the nation who urged me to keep fighting for what’s right, no matter what the odds. The reality is that the task remains unfinished. California is still in trouble, and I must try my best to help fix this state.
The reasons why I am running now are the same as when I ran in 2010. The people of California deserve a Legislature that is committed to promoting economic development and job growth through fewer restrictive regulations on business. We need to eliminate wasteful spending, cut the size of government, and get it off the backs of hard-working individuals via reduced taxes. We must maintain public safety and a commitment to an education system that truly works. And we must assure that the rights of law-abiding citizens are not infringed upon by a nanny government that thinks it is wise enough to tell people how to live their lives.
I do not consider this to be a new campaign for State Assembly. Instead, I consider this to be a continuation of the campaign I began back during the summer of 2009. Please join me. The road will be tough, and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us. But we have to keep on pushing for a better California.
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