Hey! I'm James Cordrey, the guy that brought you Drunk Christmas Cards! Now I'm doing something crazier: Running for State Representative in Missouri. Ask me Anything!
Well hello there!
I'm James Cordrey, and I'm running in Missouri's 109th representative district.
You might remember me from some of my other Reddit posts - like Drunk Christmas Cards, or maybe The time I found and played this cool Batman Arcade Game or perhaps, even, My D&D posts.
Or maybe you've never heard of me before, and you're just now getting to meet me. Let me tell you some things about me, and what I care about. Then we'll get to the heart of the matter: Your questions.
I'm 31 years old. For a few more days, anyway. I like to read, write, and program small things that are useless to pretty much anyone who is not me. I'm a software developer for a medium sized company, I own my own small business, and I am currently going to school for a BS in Software Development. So, of course, right now was the perfect time to jump into politics, right?
I grew up bouncing around from place to place, but a recurring location was my grandfather's farm. I learned the value of a hard day's work, and what it really means to be a steward of the land. That respect for our planet, and the people living here, is probably the biggest push for me in running for office. I believe that people deserve every opportunity to live decent lives, charted by their own desires, thoughts and ambitions. Nobody should have a life "forced" on them based on where they were born, or the economic status of their parents.
This campaign isn't against anything; not directly. I'm not running "against" the Republicans, and I'm certainly not running against a specific person. I'm running for something. To help provide opportunities for all students to have access to a truly excellent education system. Farmers should find it easier to sell the product of their toil in marketplaces, without fear of large corporate farms undercutting them and driving them out of business. People are the heart of this campaign, and I want to run for everyone in the 109th district.
So. Where can you find out a little more about me? Well. My Campaign Page is a good place to start, and you can then jump over to my Website to learn a bit more about me. I can also be found on Twitter and Instagram if those are more your style. Of course, you can skip all of that and just ask your questions here. I'll do my very absolute best to skip the normal political non-answers and give you as honest, and thorough of an answer as I can. If there's one thing we know about Redditors, it's that we can hold people to a higher standard, am I right?
If you're interested in donating to my campaign, (and you live in the United States) you can find the form for that here.
... That was really long-winded. Sorry. Ask me your questions!
Edit: WOOF! That was a lot of questions, and I see I have, at this point, 34 more comments ready to go! I've gotta go for a bit, but you better believe I'll be back to answer those messages. (And if I missed one, reach out to me via PM on Facebook or here, and I'll get to it.)
Thanks guys, you've been great, and I'm glad I got some tough questions! You were wonderful.
Remember to register to vote, wherever you are, and make your voices heard.
Edit 2: Came back last night to answer more questions, then back again this morning to pick up the stragglers. You guys had a lot of really good questions, and they weren't easy, fluffy questions either! Thank you so much for your support, and thank you to the people I disagreed with - stay involved! I fully admit I might be wrong some of the time! If you keep talking, providing evidence, and being persuasive, you'll change minds.
Thank you again!