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Hello Everyone,
I am happy to see that you are interested in the Free2Play party and the future of California. I want to take a moment to thank you all for your support, I realize that this road will be a difficult one and your support and confidence will play a big role in the achievements of this campaign. I will use this campaign as a vessel to support all that I believe in for California, business, community and of course, Free2Play. My decision to run for California Governor was based on a chance to change perception about technology, business and to address issues from a fresh point of view; create an open environment for information exchange and sharing.

The basis of the Free2Play model is to put gamers first. My premise for Free2Play in California is to put Californians first! There are so many ways that politicians today fail to address the real concerns of the community and instead address issues that THEY feel are most important. Free2Play allows an open forum for Californians to get back to the democratic process, giving everyone an equal voice and truly executing on a majority rule concept. I have never been a deep politician, but I do have a passion for people, Free2Play and California. I will drive forth to make California the model of free speech and open communication, as is the concepts of Free2Play and also a place where the voters have the power to make change. Let the people who live in this great state, have input on what they need and want; it is then up to the government to take that input and accomplish change!

Joshua Hong
Gubernatorial Hopeful (California)
CEO and founder of GamersFirst
Welcome to the Vote4Josh campaign and the Free2Play party. Joshua Hong is dedicated to bringing the model and concepts of Free2Play to the California government. Joshua officially threw his hat in the ring on April 1, 2010 announcing that he will be running for California's 39th Governor. Since then we have fine-tuned our platform and strategy for this race. Joshua Hong will be running for the June 8th primary election as a write-in candidate. We will need your support to get him nominated for the general elections. To help you decide if you want to become a part of the Free2Play party, we have outlined some of the key initiatives for Joshua's campaign.

The premise of the Free2Play business model is to put 'Gamers First'; Joshua wants to apply the same ideas to put Californians best interests first! According to estimates, the Democratic and Republican parties will have spent nearly $310 million dollars in 2010 for the California Gubernatorial campaigns, not including individual campaign spends by candidates like Meg Whitman. Notwithstanding, this is a large sum of money that could be best invested elsewhere for the welfare for California. The Free2Play campaign puts an emphasis on capping campaign spending and contributing those available dollars to other areas of need throughout the state. In a state where there is no money to pay teachers and millions of Californians have been laid off; wouldn't that money be wiser spent towards schools and a tax break for blue collar Californians? Where can our dollars really make a difference? Where do we need to spend? Where should we invest? What is REALLY important to Californians? With the rise of technology digital campaigning is a reality and much more cost-effective.
In our original campaign announcement, we outlined that entertainment and video games is what's "really important" to Californians. The ideas behind those initial comments are that Californians are tired of continuously talking about issues like the economy, education and healthcare; when no-one is really ready to push things to get them done. The next big videogame launch or season premier of 'Dexter' get more attention than the state's issues at this point.

We need to make the votes count and put the issues back in the hands of Californians and have someone to execute on those opinions. The democratic process has somehow been buried and we need to begin uncovering the needs of Californians in a triage type format, slowly sifting through the piles of issues that have built up over the past couple of years alongside our economic crisis, that we clearly did not have a plan for.
          Putting Californians First - Free2Play puts the needs of the voter first. Listening and integrating voter information is a basic premise for the Free2Play platform. This means putting Californians first in every decision that is made and assessing how it will affect all social groups within the state. This includes issues of education, employment, economy, etc.

          Education - The video games industry brings the experience of virtual learning to the education circuit. There are many education benefits in online gaming, especially massively multiplayer games (MMO's), where you can interact with a global audience. Education in MMO's is inherent; you have to learn how to work in groups, be a leader or part of a community, manage money and much more. Essentially, online gaming can teach a budding entrepreneur the nature of business. The Free2Play position will be that of promoting technology in education to make classroom learning more technologically advanced, but also capable of virtual learning tools as well. By integrating virtual tools, new 3D technology and educational software; schools can cut costs for field trips or guest speakers and create a diverse and interactive education environment right in the classroom. With the abundance of technology companies from Northern to Southern California; Joshua will use his background from the global video game business to introduce new and advanced forms into the California education system.

          Infrastructure - With the 7th largest economy, California still does not have an advanced technology infrastructure in place. Joshua is devoted to invest in Telecom and build out California's infrastructure to reflect our position in the global economy. Joshua would like to see free Wi-Fi access to the Internet in all the major cities and towns of California before his term as Governor is complete.
          Accountability - Unfortunately, California has a long history of managing issues in hindsight. Our past Governments have forgotten to act proactively. Who is responsible for the glitches? This campaign will promote accountability and regular reporting for every level of the California state government. Information on processes, our state budget, the deficit; should be available and known for all to increase accountability and in result improve performance from our officials; including the position of Governor. California needs a Governor and not a Governator!!

          Metrics-driven - All government processes should be driven by metrics. In the Free2Play business model; we closely follow metrics to be able to make adjustment wherever and whenever needed. This allows us to direct and manage the budget, income, and performance of each game. This same concept can be applied towards California's state processes.

          Transparency - There should be a common level of transparency in our California system. Californians need to be paranoid about transparency in their elected Government. The Free2Play movement gives its full support to free information and preserving the first amendment rights across all platforms. Joshua will implement an open information policy similar to that of "Forums" in virtual worlds; where information will be shared and criticisms and suggestions will be received. This will make it easier to create a diplomatic decision-making process.
          Giving power back to the people - Instead of having the power distributed in the hands of a few, the Free2Play platform will distribute the power of decision amongst all. Information is a birthright of all citizens and should not be a privilege in the hands of the top 5% of California's plutocracy.

          Reversing the Triangle - rather creating a top down approach to leadership, Joshua Hong will be promoting a bottom up platform that will allow all Californians to be the decision makers and government officials to be the workers to carry out the requests. We need to take some direction from the people that are directly affected by our processes and incorporate their feedback, input and concerns to carry out the appropriate actions.

          Equality - Every Californian should have an equal voice and an equally loud "speakerphone" to get their voice heard. At GamersFirst whether you pay for a premium membership or have a Free2Play account, every customer gets the same level of customer service. We should conduct California the same way to really rally the goodwill of the general population.

Feel free to join the Free2Play movement by clicking on Join the Free2Play Party! And entering your information, so that we can send you regular updates on how the campaign process is going and receive redemption codes, good for branded Free2Play items in-game. Also, don't forget to vote on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010; where you will have a chance to write-in, Joshua Hong, on your ballot for California Governor.

Join us and spread the work as well. If you have a blog, Facebook, Twitter; work with us to promote the ideals of Free2Play. If you'd like to get involved, we have a place for you and some schwag for our Free2Play games. Register on our site and sign up for the Free2Play party to receive a code for in-game redemption.