The HBC has approximately 22000 votes to marshal The CFC another 30000 votes. 52000 between them. Only 60000 people voted during the CSM7 elections. Granted, all 52000 of those coalition members are not going to vote, but a majority of them will.
The problem with CSM elections isn't that nullsec candidates don't turn out. They, in fact, turn out in droves, if directed to do so by their leadership. The problem is everybody else. Given all the new election changes for CSM8, and assuming CCP does their usual to promote the election (essentially nothing), I predict the total voting numbers to fall for CSM8. Given all that, the CFC and the HBC have an opportunity to choose the 14 representatives for CSM8.
Goonswarm is far more organized than Test Alliance. Than any another other nullsec bloc. It should be safe to assume that Mynnna will gather the most votes. It should be safe to assume that Mynnna has enough respect in the general community, that the CSM will vote him chairman.
Mynnna should start looking at CSM8 as his, and he should start looking at the other 13 seats as his potential cabinet. The people he wants to work with. The people that will help make his term on the CSM successful. He should diplomance with the other large blocs, Test and N3, to get together a bloc of candidates they all can agree on, and that they'll all vote for. Each coalition will stick their own dude at the top of the ranked 14 member list, but the other 13 should be, more or less, identical.
If Goons, Test and N3 marshall 40-50K votes, then CSM8 becomes exactly what they want it to be.
What should Mynnna be looking for on the council? A wide variety of voices. People to fulfill specific roles. He should be looking now at some of the already announced candidates. He should be encouraging Test and N3 to announce capable candidates.
What might a Goonswarm ranked voting list look like?
Mynnna [Goonswarm candidate]Their list won't look like that, but that's the general approach they should take. To look at everyone across the board, pull in as many smart voices and opinions as possible, and to take only people they know will put in time and effort. That, in the end, will make Mynnna look like a rockstar.
[Test Alliance candidate]
Ripard Teg [Workhorse candidate]
Unforgiven Storm [Industry candidate]
Marc Scaurus [Lowsec candidate]
Malcanis [Reasonable candidate]
James 315 [Risk/Reward candidate]
Roc Wieler [Communication candidate]