I'd vote for you, CRZ....but then again, I don't live in California. Moral support, however.
I've been thinking of running for mayor of London in the fall...it only costs $200 and you need to get a bunch of signatures. Our current mayor is clueless enough that I should take a shot just to prove a moral point, if anything.
Over 1750 posts and still never a Wiener of the Day! But I'm not bitter!
I hate signature requirements. I am pondering making a quixotic stand against my current rep (Henry Hyde) knowing that my district is hardcore GOP country, just because SOMEONE needs to run against him. But even for party primaries you need a decently large signature base. And god help you if you don't want to run in a major party....to run for the House you need something like 25,000 signatures in IL.
Go for it. Everybody, regardless of party, should have a challenger. Nobody deserves a free pass.
Hearing about other state laws makes me glad I'm in Maryland, where you only need to pay a filing fee to get on the ballot as a major party candidate, starting from $25 for County Council, up to $290 to run for Governor. Getting into the Democratic or Republican primary for Congress is only $100!
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." - Ben Franklin, 1759
You haven't been paying attention! There are 135 names on the ballot. I got my sample ballot end of last week - I don't remember who's on top, but I DO remember that Michael Jackson is at the bottom. :)