NC GOP State Convention
4 June 2021
Hello, North Carolina! My name is Jen Banwart, and I'd like to be your next U.S. Senator. But, this is no ordinary campaign. We need innovation and real change in the federal government, so I'm starting with this campaign:
1. I want your vote, not your money! The 2020 federal election was the most expensive in U.S. history, costing nearly $14 billion. According to the FEC, Congressional candidates who made it past the primaries spent $2.2 billion dollars split evenly across House and Senate races. The 2020 North Carolina Senate race cost a record-breaking $271 million dollars. That's nearly $40 per vote for North Carolina! With numbers like this, it becomes very difficult for someone without a long career in politics to run a successful campaign. We need to make federal elections more approachable and more equal. So, I am going to finance my own campaign to meet the $5,000 required to file for candidacy. Beyond that, I will not be taking donations from anyone, instead asking for commitments of votes. I hope that my run will encourage others to get involved in local, state, and federal politics. It's possible!
2. Watch me run! The Constitution only requires that Senators be at least thirty years of age, have been a citizen of the United States for nine years, and be a resident of the state from which elected. These reasonable qualifications have since evolved into an overwhelming and often ambiguous list of tasks spanning several areas of expertise. Whether we are talking about campaign finance paperwork requirements or press releases or developing a platform, there are many parts of running for office that remain shrouded in darkness and intimidation. Each week, I will be sharing a video log (VLOG) on social media to make running as transparent and simple as possible. I hope you will tune in and be inspired to participate in a future election. It's possible!
PRIORITIZING FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE
Executive power is being used daily to supplant the legislative process. Congress has not passed a budget on time since 2006. The 116th Congress had the highest percentage of legislation that did not make it out of committees since 1981. Bills are becoming longer, more complex, and include items that sometimes have nothing to do with the theme of the bill. We need a framework for more unified, expedient decision making. I designed the Political Prioritization as a way for constituents to quickly understand my priorities and strategy for strengthening America.
The prioritization could also be used as a way for Congress to create a universal framework for the ordering and priority of legislative business during a session. A prioritization like this would ensure that the group does not mix topics from different tiers into bills making the passing of legislation more difficult. The prioritization would also require Congress to focus on their key functions for all Americans prior to introducing special interest legislation.