Every vote has been counted, and 74% of NYC voters want Democrat Letitia James to continue as Public Advocate. I congratulated her on her success and will happily work with her to make NYC’s government more open, transparent and participatory. I hope she’ll take me up on my offer.
Those experienced in third-party NYC politics say our campaign did pretty darn well. We got more votes than the other Libertarian candidates – which technically makes me the most popular candidate (most votes) from the nation’s third political party (Libertarian) in the nation’s largest city (NYC)! 🙂
In earnest, my campaign was always about getting important ideas out there: open source, participatory democracy, “Big City Libertarianism,” faster/better/cheaper city government, the need for a 211 system, transparent capital budgets, and more. We definitely did that by reaching well over 100,000 people between our op-eds, videos, podcasts, social media posts, and ads.
While my 2017 campaign for Public Advocate is now over, my efforts to improve NYC are just beginning. Here’s what’s next for me:
- Continue developing many open source software resources and encourage their usage by politicians, journalists and everyday New Yorkers;
- Become a consistent contributor to publications and independent media who explains how technologies can be used to reform government and make it more open, inclusive and participatory;
- Take a more active role within the NYC-based Libertarian Party so that it becomes a more operationally effective organization and more competitive in local, state and national politics;
- Expand-upon and spread the ideas of “Big City Libertarianism” to other cities around the country.
I’ve created a presentation, originally for the Open Camps conference, that explains my campaign’s goals and achievements.
I’ve also create a list of media appearances and other campaign outcomes below:
- Race To Represent 2017: Public Advocate Debate (General Election)
- NYC Voter Guide’s Devin Balkind: Candidate for Public Advocate
- Race To Represent 2017: Devin Balkind Candidate Statement For NYC Public Advocate
- Audio Files: Represent! (S6,E3)
- The Crotch Shot Radio Show: Devin Balkind For NYC Public Advocate
- #181 – Devin Balkind running for NYC Public Advocate
- nyspeaks.votedevin.com – Software-enabled public consultation process
- projects.votedevin.com – Capital budget explorer with comment-able project pages
- services.votedevin.com – Nonprofit services directory using Open Referral data standard
- laws.votedevin.com – Easy way to search/browse NYC Charter and Admin Code
Our campaign has always been about “results, not rhetoric.” Over the next weeks, months and years, we’ll continue producing results that make New York City more open, accessible and participatory. We don’t need to wait for permission to do this work. We’ll just do it.
We’ll keep you updated on our progress via this website and our Facebook page.
Thank you for your attention and support. More to come.
Also published on Medium.