Ask anyone who has run a strong, viable campaign for local office and they will probably tell you that it was one of the hardest things they've ever done. Local candidates work harder for each vote than candidates on any other level. Their campaigns aren't typically well-funded, so getting voters out means good old fashioned grassroots-style campaigns.
In many municipal elections there is no top-of-the-ticket race operating a massive GOTV effort, especially for the primary election. While there can be some coordination among mayoral, district and at-large campaigns, most candidates are on their own.
Unfortunately, many local political parties (Rep and Dem alike) are too wrapped up in individual power squabbles to help much or they have such poor fund-raising and money management that there is no money available to help candidates get out the vote.(GOTV)
I don't mean to paint a dismal picture. A handful of organized, vocal, positive volunteers can do wonders for any campaign for political office - especially when they are coupled with an energetic, hard-working, qualified candidate. As many of you know, James has run and held public office. He knows just how much hard work it takes to succeed.
Running a local campaign was harder than I ever imagined it would be. I realize in retrospect that I wasn't cut out for it.
When I sift through all the lessons, I think it was mostly about yard signs. One guy in our community had a beautiful fern frond on his yard signs. Without saying anything much about anything in particular, he came in as the top vote getter every cycle.
The other lesson is this: It takes a village. You can't do it alone ... a literal army is required. Endorsements can matter, too ... and I rarely got them. Believe it or not, I was considered the conservative business guy when I ran for city council.
I have deep respect for those who choose to run for public office, even when I disagree with their positions. It's hard, hard work.
It is hard work and this is where you come in.
There are many energetic, hard-working qualified Democrats running for local office and they need, deserve and have earned your support. They've earned your financial contributions, they've earned your phone calls, they've earned your door knocks, they've earned your letters to the editor, they've earned your endorsements and they've earned your poll greeting on election day.
two three community members running for office. Mark Kleinshchmidt is running for Mayor in Chapel Hill, Jay Ovittore is running for City Council in Greensboro and Gordon Smith is running for City Council in Asheville. If you live in or around either of these cities please consider volunteering to help Mark and Gordon in their bid for office. Both are running positive,energetic, issue-oriented campaigns and in my opinion both deserve your time, vocal and financial support.
I know there are many other deserving candidates out there vying for volunteers. Please list the candidates in your area you wish to support and offer contact information so our readers in those areas can easily get in touch. Once listed in comments I will add to the body of the post to help get a little more visibility.
Candidates who need you
Gordon Smith - Asheville, City Council
Mark Kleinshchmidt - Chapel Hill, Mayor
Anthony Foxx - Charlotte, Mayor (I like the new web site. Old one was ugly.)
Jane Bott Childrey - Charlotte, City Council District 6
David Howard - Charlotte, City Council At-Large
Darrin Rankin - Charlotte, City Council At-Large
Jay Ovittore - Greensboro, City Council District 3