Joshua Ferguson

Ferguson for California Senate

It is my intention to run in the recall election for State Senate in California's 29th District. I've had many long conversations with family and friends about this issue. I have surveyed the political landscape and have waited for other people to volunteer themselves for consideration. For months, no one has stepped forward publicly to voice their intention to run. In fact, the loudest pro-recall voices out there right now are from outside the district. We have potential candidates from all over the state announcing their bids for Governor and Senate next year, but there is a void in the recall election -- an election that is rapidly approaching.

I have been vocal in my support for this recall for months now. I've been hoping someone would step forward to champion the interests of the working folks of California. I have offered my support to people who said they wanted to run, only to be met with inaction and disappointment. I have been waiting with baited breath for somebody to give me a reason to not charge into what some might call a quixotic bid for State Senate.

Nobody has stood up and put their name into the arena.

After spending months as one of the loudest pro-recall voices from within the district, I simply cannot wait any longer for a candidate that seems intent on not materializing. I hear whispers of backroom conversations and deals, but these have thus far failed to produce a candidate.

I'm sure if I wait around long enough the GOP will coalesce around a "Compromise" candidate that is agreeable to their donors and power brokers. They'll meet and negotiate and choose while keeping the grass-roots entirely in the dark. They'll gift us the same big government candidates they constantly foist upon us at all levels of government and then use nothing but fear-mongering to try and make us rally behind their anointed one.

I am no longer willing to wait and take the chance that we'll be asked to support Ling Ling Chang or worse yet again.

This is an issue of immense importance. This isn't an issue of simply going against a Senator who would rather be a tool of the party bosses than a representative of his district. This is an issue of the direction of our very State. We need to decide here and now if we plan to have a say in it any longer.

When Josh Newman voted for SB1, which permanently raises the taxes on gas and increases the fees on our vehicles, he voted to pick our pockets without regard to why the money was needed in the first place. No audit was done. No accountability or explanation for how our roads had gotten so bad was given. More than $120 billion dollars has been raised in transportation taxes and bonds in just the last 10 years, and yet we still have no idea how things have gotten so bad that we needed yet another tax increase.

Newman and his allies clearly wanted to ignore the root of our problems and spend an ever increasing amount of money. They couldn't be bothered to explain how we got here while simultaneously asking us to trust them that it wouldn't happen again. The best they could offer is the amendment Newman submitted -- a weak Prop-42 Redux Amendment in the form of ACA5 -- to be put to voters next year. We can apparently be trusted to vote on whether or not to nominally hold them accountable for stealing transportation taxes for years, but not for actually voting on the tax increase itself.

When Newman voted for SB562, California's Single Payer Bill, which has no funding source, he showed that he has no interest in fiscal responsibility or accountability. He also showed that he will do whatever his party dictates. He is on record admitting that he abstained when the bill was in committee because it had no funding source, but he was more interested in virtue signaling once it hit the Senate floor regardless of the same lack of funding. These are not the actions of a legislator seriously interested in representing his constituents.

We the citizens of California cannot afford this kind of brazen disregard of our values, rights and liberties. We can no longer tolerate this assault on common sense. Our government in Sacramento sees fit to take from you and require you to work harder to simply maintain your status quo. We can not and should not be forced to work more so Sacramento can have an ever bigger slice of our incomes. We cannot sit idly by and hope that the bureaucrats and kleptocrats will learn the error of their ways. We cannot wait until California goes the way of Illinois before we address the issues right in front of us.

Why do I want to run? I don't actually want to run. I feel it is my duty to run.

I'm personally vested in these issue and this recall. My podcast, The Hourly Struggle, interviewed Josh Newman and I have worked to get the people of my district into the recall effort. I live in the district and I'm working class so I am directly affected, like nearly all Californians, by Newman's actions. My wife and I both work part time so one of us is always home with our children. We rent a home because we cannot afford to buy one and, like so many of our fellow citizens, we sometimes have to choose which bill is going to get paid and which one isn't. Josh Newman and his Democratic Allies, with a sell-out Republican in Anthony Cannella, made our lives and our financial well-being harder.

Josh Newman voted on this because he doesn't understand or doesn't care about how so many of us actually live and survive paycheck to paycheck. Only people who cannot relate to the common citizen could justify the actions and malfeasance currently taking place in Sacramento, let alone participate by voting "Aye" to continue down the same path.

Many people are looking for the answer of "why me," and I don't have an answer many want to hear. I certainly don't have the answer that the moneyed establishment wants to hear. I see this as a feature and not a bug. Nearly everybody who has had a quick and ready answer of "why me" has let us down time and again. We've been let down in our cities, state and federal government too many times to count. We keep getting let down all while supporting the right pedigree or the right "Why Me" answer.

I'll likely never have the right answer many want to hear. In fact I've been told to my face that I'll "never be the guy," but I don't believe in quitting simply because the road ahead is difficult. Occasionally, you need to try to slay the dragon even if everybody thinks you're tilting at windmills.

It's time we stopped worrying about the perfect "why me" story or checkbox CV and instead focused on the more important "why these ideas" question.

My message is one of liberty and government accountability which will put me at odds with many on both the left and right. I believe in fiscal accountability and responsibility from government and am against all forms of cronyism, no matter the beneficiary.

My detractors may be right and it may never be me, but this is a war of inches and I'm willing to try to gain ground so long as I have the strength to move forward. We've had enough of the same old races with the same old candidates. We've heard the platitudes and promises all while looking for the right endorsements. I promise you nothing but integrity. If that doesn't make me an acceptable candidate then maybe now is the time for an anti-candidate. 

Maybe it's time for somebody who is more interested in working for the cause of liberty instead of working for the donors and party bosses. I am not any party's candidate. I am the people's candidate because, more than any other who has come before me, I am you. You are me. This is not the Democrats' seat or the Republicans' seat. This is the people's seat. And I intend to take it back for all of us.

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