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Jason GattiesFrom Jason Gatties blog:

This website was being developed for my 2008 plans, but sometimes plans change quickly. I had flirted with the idea of running for St.Joseph City Council earlier this year, but I decided to make a bid for Pokagon Tribal Council instead. I failed to win that election, but I did better than I had thought and learned from the experience. So I began to prepare for 2008 but then I saw a unique opportunity unfold.

There are 3 city council spots open for this November’s General Election. 3 incumbent city commissioners filed and would appear on the ballot. The top 2 would receive a 4 year term, while the 3rd place finisher would receive a 2 year term. Commissioner Chad Mandarino, who’s name will still appear on the November ballot, has stepped down from the Council and has asked St.Joseph voters to not vote for him. So, that leaves 2 names on the ballot and 3 positions open and I’m asking St.Joseph citizens to WRITE-IN my name, Jason Gatties. I’m going to file the proper paperwork this week to become an official write-in candidate for St.Joseph City Council.

With less than 2 months before the General Election, I’m going to spend much time on the campaign trail, trying to convince the voters why a vote for me would be a step in the right direction for this city. This website will be updated on a regular basis. I’m sure I’m still a long shot as I’m sure I will not be the only write-in candidate. However, miracles do happen and it is my hope that I can convince enough people to vote for me so I can secure a 3rd place finish and my dream of becoming a public servant will become a reality.

In the coming days, you will get to check out the issues I feel are important to our great city. You will also get info on how you can help us out as well as info on how to place a write-in vote for me. If you love freedom and liberty, I am you best choice.

It will be an honor to serve the citizen’s of St.Joseph, I simply ask for an opportunity to prove that limited government can work. This November, I ask for your WRITE-IN vote, it could be the best decision you could ever make. I will represent YOUR INTERESTS, not those of big government.

Jason’s campaign site will go live this afternoon.

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Jason Gatties

Hours Away…Well now there is literally nothing more for me to do but sit and wait. I’ve met many fine people and I’ve enjoyed every minute of this campaign. Tomorrow I will find out if I touched any of them with my words, vision and actions. I didn’t think I would be nervous about this but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t. I’ll probably travel to Dowagiac on Sunday or Monday to get the results. I’m going to try to put it out of my mind until then and attempt to enjoy the Krasl Art Fair in St.Joseph with my wife.Many people deserve a huge “thank you” from me.

Libertarians- Thank you for the kind emails

Stuart, Paulie & “Elfninosmom” @ LastFreeVoice.com- Thank you for the campaign coverage and the Letters to the Editor. I know Paulie’s got published.

Family Members- Thank you for allowing me to annoy you with my passion for politics. Hopefully some of you voted for me but just allowing me to vent from time to time is a big help.

Cilla & Dylan- My two biggest supporters and the two most important people in my life. I love you both from the bottom of my heart.

Dan H. & Bill Parker- My boss Dan gave me alot of valuable advice and Bill was there to listen and lend his support. Thank you both.

Dan Grow & Bill Bradley- Two of my local partners in this freedom struggle. You are both inspirations to me in different ways.

Pokagon Tribal Members- Thank you for the kind emails. Even those of you who disagree with me, I thank you, because I need to be challenged in order to push myself even harder.

I know I’ve left some people off, but if you sent me a supportive email, a supportive phone call, a negative email, a negative phone call….I thank you all. Change is a struggle, but I plan to continue the struggle and fight the good fight for years to come.

If you haven’t done so already, get out to Dowagiac tomorrow and vote. My name appears 2nd on the ballot.

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I just wanted to take a moment to thank all the Libertarians out there who have sent me supportive emails over the past few weeks. I also want to thank LastFreeVoice.com for their contributions. Running for Tribal Council was a unique experience in that I had to attempt to reach over 3000 members spread over 2 states. It wasn’t easy and I’ll know after Saturday if our hard work has paid off.

Again, I truly appreciate the support and I know that win or lose, I’m coming out of this feeling like a winner because of all the support I’ve received.


Jason Gatties

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I wrote:

Dear Editor,

I am writing in support of Jason Gatties For Pokagon Tribal Council.

Jason stands for both individual and tribal sovereignty.

He believes that a truly free people can not take money and services from an occupying state and retain its independence and dignity at the same time.

He believes the flow of information, much like the people themselves, ought to be free.

He believes real qualifications, not titles, should matter most.

Virgil Vogel wrote in 1974 in a documentary history of the American Indian:
Montaigne, Rousseau, and Jefferson paid tribute to the Indian capacity to organize human affairs in a libertarian manner. The Iroquois developed a system of confederated government which, according to Benjamin Franklin, served as an example for his Albany Plan of Union, and eventually for the Articles of the Confederation.

Visit http//www.votegatties.org to learn more.

-paul

Could I get you guys to write a “LTE” on my behalf? We are coming up on 1 month until the election and the more LTE’s I can get published, the better. I’m in a unique situation in that our tribe members are basically spread out over a 10 county/ 2 state area, which makes your typical style of campaigning tough. Thats why I’m hoping LTE’s will reach those I’m unable to visit or those who are unable to check out my campaign site.

The LTE info can be found at http://www.mujaji.net/pokagon/involved.html

Pick any of the publications listed. It would be a great help to me and I would return the favor 10 fold in the future.

Jason Gatties

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Jason GattiesI thought this was just entirely too cool. Jason Gatties, a Libertarian activist in Michigan who comments regularly on LFV, has decided to run for the Pokagon Tribal Council. For those who might be unaware, Native American tribes are sovereign nations, with their own laws and their own government, which makes this even more interesting than the average Libertarian campaign. What follows is the announcement from his blog.

I’m Full Of Suprises

Those who are close to me understood that I had plans on running for public office in 2008, but for now atleast, those plans are on the back burner. This past weekend I realized that Tribal elections were coming up in July. After speaking with my wife and others who are close to me, I was encouraged to run for a seat on the Pokagon Tribal Council.

I am a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, which is located in Southwest Michigan/Northern Indiana. We have over 3,000 members and this summer, we are opening the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Mi. I feel that I can bring my libertarian values to our tribal government. If you really think about it, most Native Americans are probably “libertarians” even if they don’t realize it. I plan to educate our tribe and prove to everyone that libertarianism can work in any form of government.

In the next day or so, you should be able to access VoteGatties.org and get more info on how you can help. I will NOT seek any donations, but you can certainly help me out in other ways. The website that was being worked on for the 2008 campaign is, much like the campaign itself, on the back burner for now. The tribal campaign site is very basic. Given the fact that the election is on July 14th, I didn’t have a lot of time to design a proper campaign site, but I feel it will still accomplish my goals. To the best of my knowledge, I am the only person running for Tribal Council who will even have a web presence, so that alone I feel will give me an edge.

I wouldn’t run for office if I didn’t have my concerns. They include:

1.Term Limits- Currently there are no term limits for the Tribal Council or any elected tribal board or commission. I feel term limits are important and if elected, I will propose a constitutional amendment requiring some form of term limits for Tribal Government.

2. 26% of our tribe are unemployed and 40% of our tribe members live below the poverty line. One would think that would change with the opening of our casino in August. However, even though the casino has a “indian preference” when hiring for a position at the casino, the majority of the high paying jobs being offered are for those who have a college education, something which the majority of the tribe members do not have. I’m not in favor of any “hiring preference” when it comes to casino jobs, however, I believe that work experience should account for something and more jobs should be available to anyone, regardless if you have a college degree. I mean, do you really need a college degree to open a door or unclog a toliet?

3. Privitization- I believe the tribal council overpays for certain jobs that could be outsourced outside the tribe, saving tribal funds and allowing more tribal profits to be shared amongst it’s members.

4.No More State Funding- Currently the bulk of funds given to our tribe is in the form of state and federal grants. Thats fine, except for the fact that these funds come from the pockets of taxpayers who are not members of the tribe. How can we truly become a “sovereign nation” when we depend on tax dollars from non-tribal members? We are opening a casino (which is privately funded) which will generate MILLIONS for the tribe, not to mention the various stores which will open up on tribal land. If managed correctly, the tribe should become pretty self-sufficient in a short amount of time. I want to make it my JOB to make sure our tribe truly becomes a sovereign nation.

5.Stick to the constitution!!! Right now our tribal constitution reads like a “libertarian dream” and it should remain that way. As our tribe grows stronger, the temptation will be to turn our tribal government into a minature version of the U.S. Government. We can not allow this to happen. Through time, we as American Citizens have had many of our freedoms stomped upon by the government at all levels. As a citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, I feel it is critical to stick to the constitution that was drawn back in the mid 90’s. We can not allow our tribal leaders to infringe on the freedoms promised in our constitution. As a council member, I will make sure this does not happen.

These are just a few of the many issues I plan to campaign on. I could go on and on, but if I did that, I would have nothing to blog about tomorrow!

Be sure to bookmark this blog for all the latest campaign information and be sure to bookmark VoteGatties.org, as that site will be live by the end of the week. If elected, I will NOT run for office in 2008 as I plan to give my full attention to the Tribal Council for the next 3 years. Given the fact that I have many family & friends who are tribe members, this is a great opportunity for me to not only get elected, but make a real difference.

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