Jacksonville Represented on New Hampshire's Ballot; Two Men from the City Have Their Names in the Presidential Race

By Patterson, Steve | The Florida Times Union, November 25, 2011 | Go to article overview

Jacksonville Represented on New Hampshire's Ballot; Two Men from the City Have Their Names in the Presidential Race


Patterson, Steve, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Steve Patterson

They aren't household names, but two Jacksonville men will be on the presidential ballot when the country's primary elections start Jan. 10 in New Hampshire.

Republican Joe Story and Democrat Darcy Richardson are both trying to register as candidates in as many states as they can manage.

"I'm in it for the ride, and it's a fun ride," said Story, 57, a business consultant wondering how to pay for travel and help his campaign during some vacation time.

Neither man is listed on Florida's primary ballot, although they could still enter the general election as independents.

Despite big differences in their aims, both see themselves as sending messages that are needed but not being delivered by other candidates.

Richardson, 55, an advertising manager who has written several books on political history, says his job is about trying to nudge President Barack Obama to the left by speaking for liberal parts of the Democratic voting base.

"I thought it was pretty important that a progressive challenged the president," Richardson said. "People are frustrated and they're scared about their own economic future."

Someone with a national stature would have been better suited for the task, he said.

But then he ticked down a list of people he said passed up the idea former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida and said someone needed to run.

The Dinsmore resident, who announced his run late last month, has set up a small campaign office in a shared suite on St. Johns Bluff Road. He's started work on a campaign website darcy2012.com but it's just a beginning.

Richardson said he's making fundraising calls his goal is $100,000 and working on building campaigns in states including Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia.

Although he's not a political heavyweight, it's not Richardson's first campaign. He worked on 1988 and 1992 presidential bids by the late Minnesota Sen. Eugene McCarthy, ran for offices in Pennsylvania and was an independent candidate for lieutenant governor in Florida last year.

This year's campaign is a step up.

"It's kind of an ambitious undertaking," he said. "We'll see how far it goes. …

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