My 2018 campaign for US Congress is effectively D.O.A., over, done before it got started.
I learned between Christmas and New Year's, I made a stupid rookie mistake with my paperwork. When I sent my "Declaration of Intent" to the SoS office, I sent it by Priority Mail with plenty of time to be delivered before the deadline; however, apparently it was "lost in the mail" and arrived to the Secretary of State's office 6 days after the deadline.
My options are to complain to the USPS and maybe get a form letter apology, and consider running as a Write-In candidate.
Without name recognition, party affiliation, money and no real dedicated campaign team, it feels like a lost cause for this go-round.
I sincerely thank and appreciate those who were willing to help out and do what they can to help, but it seems it won't be happening this year.
"Don't hate the players, Change the game"
On Facebook I replied to JosH, "FWIW, you can still be Green this year."
The Declaration of Intent is what the Texas Election Code requires independent candidates to file, disavowing their affiliation with any political party, whether or not that party has ballot access. For non-statewide offices, these candidates can then get on the ballot after submitting a petition with 500 signatures collected from within their respective districts. The declaration bars independent candidates from participating in any party's caucuses or conventions in 2018. They would still be allowed to attend party meetings, but without voting privileges.