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  1. Looking good so far! Hopefully those laws you enacted will start to pay dividends and that approval will rise for you.
  2. Chapter One: The Beginning “I’m just a small town boy.” Those are the first words Tyler Jones uses to describe himself. “I never had any master plan or grand ambitions. I’ve always just been focused on trying to make the world a better place for our friends and families.” Growing up in Ashland, Alabama, Tyler is indeed a small town boy. The rural Clay County city has a population of slightly over 2000 and is known mostly for its rich tradition of high school football. That’s not to say Ashland hasn’t made an impact on politics however. It’s the hometown of former Alabama governor Bob Riley, a man Tyler looked up to in his youth and whose legacy he very much respects. “Governor Riley made a huge impression on the direction I decided to go in life. Without him, I most likely would never have had any serious interest in politics.” Enter politics Tyler did. Following his graduation from Auburn University in 2011, Tyler got a job working for attorney Ronald Harmon in his Ashland law firm while he studied for the LSAT in pursuit of a law degree of his own. Harmon, in addition to hitting it off immediately with Tyler through his sarcastic and charismatic nature, saw a bright mind in his young assistant. As a member of the Ashland City Council, Harmon insisted that Tyler accompany him on all city council business and even asked him to work on his 2011 reelection campaign. Tyler was instantly hooked on electoral politics and loved every minute of it. He even offered to defer law school to stay on with Harmon, who gently refused and insisted on Tyler completing his studies with an offer of employment when he passed the bar exam. The next few years were a blur for Tyler. In addition to diligently focusing on obtaining his law degree Jones found time to volunteer with the local Republican party. He volunteered in the 2012 Presidential election on behalf of Mitt Romney, gaining valuable experience in the world of retail politics which he would later remember in his own elections. Following his passage of the bar, Jones did return to Ashland to rejoin Harmon in his practice and settle down and marry his high school sweetheart Anna. In 2014 he joined Harmon as a co-chair of Clay County for then-senator Fred Stacks’ victorious gubernatorial campaign. Then in 2015 opportunity knocked. Jones remembers the day clearly even all these years later. “I was at my desk working on a will for a client; just a routine day at the office when Ronald (Harmon) came rushing in. ‘We have to talk immediately; we’re closing for the day and you and I are going fishing,’” says Tyler laughing. “This wasn’t necessarily uncommon. Ronald was always looking for an excuse to hit the lake to the point where I started keeping my gear in my truck. I thought it was another one of those days.” The conversation that transpired over the course of the next few hours would change Tyler’s life forever. “I had just lost a big fish and was pretty frustrated,” Tyler says while shaking his head. “Ronald looked at me and said ‘Percival Williams is moving to Birmingham.’’’ Williams was then considered the rising star in Clay County politics. In 2011 Williams had won election to the Ashland City Council at just 20 years of age. “He’s not going to run for reelection and I know you live in that district. You need to go home and tell Anna that you’re running for city council and you need to tell her you’re going to win,” Harmon told Tyler. “That’s exactly what I did,” says Jones. “Well, minus the I’m going to win part,” he says with a grin. “The next day I went and filed my papers to run for the District One seat on the Ashland City Council.”
  3. That’s because a lot of them don’t have a ton of official duties lol. I’d probably role play some behind the scenes party meetings or strategy sessions with my team or something. Seeing as how I’m a first term councilman from a town of 2000 I’ve got quite a ways before that would even be an issue.
  4. Bummer about the bug. I’m planning to start a thread for my game tonight. I’m still trying to work out how to handle situations where it would make sense to run for an office not represented in the game such as Lieutenant Governor or Attorney General. My initial thought would be to commission a poll in a governor or senate race to check name recognition and approval statewide and then withdraw immediately to avoid artificially building up a warchest and run for re-election in my current office and just “role-play” a term as Lt. Gov. while clicking through the game in my current office in order to stay active. Any thoughts or ideas on that?
  5. I ended up starting a new campaign and won a tough primary and coasted through the general to get a seat on the city council. We’ll see what happens next. I’ve started writing out a story similar to this but don’t know how to do all the fancy screenshots and stuff lol.
  6. Thanks for the advice! I’m planning to finish up that state rep campaign tonight. I’m starting the primary but thanks to the $30,000 warchest I had I have a huge name rec and funding advantage in the primary and it’s a safe district for the general so I’m thinking I should be able to win pretty easily. I’m really looking forward to your next update as well!
  7. I literally started at like 9 last night lol. I’m just trying to learn the basics but my goal is to eventually become President I suppose. I want to write out a story similar to the way you’re doing but want to get a grasp of the game first.
  8. I agree there are ways to game the system. I ran a school board election in a very safe district and after squeaking through the primary was able to just spend the general fundraising. The next cycle the incumbent state rep retired and I entered with a large war chest and was able to instantly become the front runner due to being able to advertise and generate name recognition quickly with the funds I had built up in my school board election.
  9. I just found this game last night and stayed up way too late playing it. Really enjoying your write ups as well!
  10. I’m back to work so won’t be able to play but I’ll still gladly follow along.
  11. tjones324


    I’m out and about for most of the evening so don’t wait on me. If it still hasn’t been decided when I get home tonight I’ll look at the sheet and pick someone.
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    Harrison and Calhoun
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    I nomincate JM Wayne for Deep South, J Eaton for Upper South, and Jennings for Midwest. I nominate Harrison for Party Leader.
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    1. I nominate John Sergeant 2. No nominee 3. New England: John Q. Adams; Mid-Atlantic: Smith Thompson; Upper South: Willie P. Mangum; Deep South: John Forsyth; Midwest: William Henry Harrison; Great Plains: John Miller
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    I've been quietly following along with you guys! Looks like a ton of fun and great job coming up with all this vcczar.
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