11 days in and my mind is flooded with things I should do to run a successful campaign for the office of Akron mayor.
The help I have been given within 11 days is breath taking. Amazing. That's all I can say.
I don't under estimate the tried and true activities of running an Akron mayoral campaign. But there's something we all need to keep in mind: We haven't really tested the system for 28 years.
The last time there was a new mayor in town was in 1987. And before that the mayor was fellow candidate for mayor this time around: Tom Sawyer.
In 1987 phones plugged into walls. (That phone above had a talk time of about 45 minutes and cost about $3000.) You were just able to buy disposable contact lenses.
IBM announced four PS/2 models during its April 1987 launch: the Model 30, 50, 60, and 80. They ranged dramatically in power and price; on the low end, the Model 30 (roughly equivalent to a PC XT) contained an 8MHz 8086 CPU, 640KB of RAM, and a 20MB hard drive, and retailed for $2295 (about $4642 in 2012 dollars when adjusted for inflation).
(I'm writing this on a Chromebook with 4 GIGS of RAM, 9 hours of battery life, connects to something called "The Web" and cost a little over $200. That would be about $99 in 1987.)
I tell you this because we live in a VERY different world.
People have power never before seen in the history of humanity to unite globally and locally and make their voice matter.
There is a power shift happening in every facet of life.
A guy like me in 1987 probably would have never stood a chance running for mayor. In 2015 a guy like Sage Lewis definitely can be mayor.