And now for a bit of political news: my re-election campaign is up and running — I’m collecting signatures to count towards the ballot filing fee of $500 and raising money to pay for slate cards and mailers that will be sent out in October. On June 30, candidates will report what they’ve raised so far, and though there is still four months left until the election, fundraising totals are viewed as an important sign of viability (or vulnerability ).
People tell me all the time how much they appreciate the information I post on this blog, and how important it is for parents and community members to feel informed about what is happening in schools. Hearing that is deeply gratifying to me: I love this work and I know I have made a difference since taking office in early 2009. Many people have already pledged their support and more endorsers are coming on every day — I’m so grateful for all of the support I’ve received thus far! But it is not enough, yet, to get me over the top on Election Day.
School board races are won three ways: energizing your base of support to help get out the vote, having the financial resources to pay for mail and slate cards, and capturing key endorsements from individuals and organizations. I’m working hard on all of those things! Can you help me? Please, even if you can only donate $25 or $50, a contribution to the campaign is the single best thing you could do to help me right now. Later on, in September and October, supporters can display window signs, have house parties, walk precincts and do other get-out-the-vote activities.
But right now, the best way to help is to get the campaign the resources I’ll need to contact the vast majority of voters who don’t pay attention to down-ballot races like the school board.
(This link takes you to ActBlue, an external fundraising site that provides easy credit card processing for Democratic candidates. If you are not a Democrat, or don’t wish to use ActBlue, you can download this form and mail me a check. Just don’t forget!)