Marijuana Activist May Run for Political Office
In a follow-up message Tracey told us he's considering a run for the Palm Beach County School Board or the Hypoluxo Development District. He expressed an interest steering those entities into green-energy-related projects. For the schools, specifically, he suggested vocational training programs "in renewables. School kids building solar panels and turbines and a small contract to wire it in."
Tracey knows the ground in retail politics, most recently working as a field organizer and petitioner for Florida's Water and Land Legacy and National Voter Outreach, in addition to the Florida medical marijuana initiative. His personal history includes a birthright commitment to progressive, anti-authoritarian principles and years of experience in business. He's a father of three, "two girls 12 and 14 months, stepfather to a 12-year-old son," he told us. "It's why I do everything I do."
He provided us this capsule bio:
I've been going to Anti-War rallies since I was an infant. My parents met while volunteering for Vietnam Veterans against the war, and I met John Kerry while he was still practicing law in Boston. I grew up failed by the School system, tested 98th percentile, but coasted by with Cs. Dropped out the day I turned 16, and got my GED a week later. I went into sales and Finance, saw the mortgage industry imploding in 2002, because my bosses weren't rejecting files, they were altering them to get approved. We had "Preferred Appraisers" who would nudge a value up for us to get LTV ratios, we would go stated/no-doc to make loans happen. I left the industry after 2 years when I started to understand what this would do to the market. Likewise, in commodities, I left when a client who had limited assets was reloaded into a high risk investment she couldn't afford to lose... I went into 401k Pension Consulting, and saw much the same thing. Watched as some of our portfolios started to include mortgage backed securities. Left that industry to be a desk jockey for Comcast and a sales guy for Guitar Center. Watched as those companies increased quarterly profits by cutting down on pay for the front end employees. Started to get back involved with politics...I believe the people have the power still, they've just forgotten how to use it.
At first, Tracey was amused by the idea of using his arrest as springboard for a run for office. But as more and more folks urged it, the idea has grown on him. You, dear reader, may also think the idea is little more than a prank. Time will tell.
High up in this post we placed a quote from Joe Strummer. We'll end it with one from Mahatma Gandhi: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
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