100 Counties – Part II: Who, How, and When?

2008We’re sitting 24 months away from a massive election. A Presidential election that has no incumbent President or Vice-President in the race. A Gubernatorial election with no incumbent in the race. A Lt. Governorship with no incumbent in the race. A Senate race with one of the most miserable failures in America trying to hold a blue-trending seat. State houses with big Democratic margins that probability suggests should begin to shift back towards neutrality. It’s not big, it’s hugangous.

What do we do to take advantage of this? We run somebody in every race…duh. But, what does that really do for the election? In this posting I will give some suggestions for filling those seats that we never have candidates running. I’m going to try and lay out how the 100 Counties strategy works from the top-down and from the bottom-up. Lastly, I will give some suggestions for what kind of timeline would be needed to put a 15-day GOTV effort in place by October. This might seem like micromanaging, but my point is to lay out how a person could potentially run for office and help set up the 100 County strategy without bankrupting themselves.

I think this is important. Remember that these seats do not sit fallow because there are no Democrats in these counties, they sit fallow because we can’t convince anybody to run! So, a 100 Counties strategy won’t work unless we get people to run. There are a couple things to keep in mind when trying to recruit a candidate through the 100 Counties strategy.

• With the centralized 100 Counties system, you won’t be left out on a cliff with no support, no matter what.
• You will probably lose, which gives you the freedom to run the campaign you want, but….
YOU MIGHT WIN! This means you have to have the freedom to serve.

The legislature pays about $15,000 a year and about another $15,000 in housing reimbursement and such. That is for almost an entire year; remember it is part-time pay for full-time work. One of our biggest challenges will be getting real-world Progressives to run for the legislature given this financial challenge. If you don’t believe me, let’s take a look at what the top 10 (alphabetically) Democratic House members do for a living: Professor of Art, Legislator, Retired Educator, Homemaker, Retired Educator, Optometrist (boo-hiss), Attorney, Attorney, Homemaker, Banker.

Given this leaning towards attorneys and retirees, who do we look for to be a Progressive candidate? Well, there are some generic candidates that I think we can look into for 2008. I could give my reasoning for these, but I don’t want to get too sidetracked and besides that, y’all are pretty damn smart. Some suggestions off the top of my head: stay-at-home Mom with kids just leaving for college, young teachers without too many family ties, Community College professors, private school professors, retired educators, Progressive small business successes like Will R, traveling nurses, semi-retired docs like PNHP members. Those are just a few thoughts. In general, we need to look for the exceptional story that gets the candidate into the papers and into the minds of their constituents. A story that makes people want to help, like with Larry Kissell. This is why I keep pushing Progressives like Thomas Brock to run!!!

How do you overcome the money deficit that all challengers face? How do you overcome the name recognition deficit? How do you run a campaign against the GOP machine?

The answer to all of these questions lies in the Online Campaign System, which will allow the smaller campaign in the most Republican district in North Carolina to present themselves as a top-tier campaign. The online system will allow the candidate and his campaign to have a top-flight website, provide instant press releases, contact voters, keep track of volunteers, communicate with the state party, accept donations, manage finances, and more.
However, that is just the start of a great campaign. We have all heard the studies that person-to-person contact is the best way of turning out the vote. Better than postcards, better than phone calls, certainly better than robocalls. There is a reason for that.

I have tried and tried to get Senator Edwards’ staff to pass this message along to him. Ownership is the reason that the blogs have taken off and it is the key to winning an election. A voter that feels a sense of ownership in an election will work 10X harder than someone who feels like just a nameless grunt. People want to believe that they can change the politics around them. Larry Kissell did a great job of this, I mean how many people commented that “Oh My God! He hand-signed his Thank You Note. He SENT A THANK YOU NOTE! Here is another $50 contribution!” Ownership. Larry gave people the feeling that they were really making a difference, that he really appreciated it - and they jumped on it. When John Kerry or Senator Edwards or Jimmy Carter posts a blog on Daily Kos they get 1000 comments why? Ownership. People think, hey this guy is here talking to me! To digress, any candidate that wants to lock up the netroots for 2008 need only do one thing – show up. Show up and comment on other people’s diaries without fanfare, without previous notice, and let people feel ownership over the process. That candidate would become a netroots God. Back to business.

Ownership works at the local level as well. We’ve heard that many counties have little organization. Well, I wonder why? Possibly it is because they never have anyone to rally around. They have no NC House races, no NC Senate races, and Presidential candidates that have ignored this state for 30 years. By running a local candidate in every race, we give North Carolina Democrats a sense of Ownership in the process. They become vital to the success of the Democratic Party and NOT for some far-off face seen only on Meet the Press, but for that guy down the street that used to run the feed store or the 3rd Grade teacher that every parent in town knows. That is what candidates have to understand and what they have to use in their 100 Counties strategy, Ownership. And, importantly, they have to tie that to something else.

A candidate can not win by themselves; they need a ground-game. Ownership tied to Responsibility is how we develop that ground-game. State chair communicates with county chair who communicates with the precinct captain who passes it along to the block captain who walks down the street to the cluster captain who is Responsible for their voters. A straight line of communication that depends on Ownership and Responsibility. Whether it is weekly or monthly communiqués early in the campaign or daily talks at the close of a campaign, by giving people ownership over the process and a responsibility for communication we create a person-to-person network that will be the envy of anything the Republicans have fielded.

There is a level of interdependence that is evident in the terminology that I am using here. We are assuming that the state chair will communicate with county chairs and precinct captains, and that all of this will be tied in with the candidate’s volunteer network. Exactly. There might be some pre-primary issues if we have multiple candidates running, but that is why I have always said candidates would have access to partitioned data on their OWN volunteers. No candidate will have to give up their activists to another local candidate. However, after the primary there will need to be some county-wide coordination of activists and volunteers. Let’s take a look at what I’m suggesting using Orange County.

This is Orange County, more or less, with our County Chair.
Now, this is my precinct, Dogwood Acres, with my Precinct Chair.
This is my block with your ever-loving block captain.
And, this is some guy that lives on my block as a cluster captain. Those arrows? Those are the voters he is responsible for getting into the voting booth.

Picture this in every county, in every precinct, in every street in North Carolina. THAT is what the Republican GOTV aims for, what Labor created in the 1900s and what we can have here in North Carolina. The only novel thing that I am suggesting is that we tie a 50-state type strategy in North Carolina to a GOTV chain that relies on candidate-based, person-to-person contact that creates Ownership and Responsibility. The key, to making this succeed if there is wide support is for things to get moving now. So, I’ve provided a little timeline of what I think needs done at major “benchmarks”. I know this is micromanaging, but again, here is one way of running a campaign that puts the 100 Counties Strategy into play without needing an independently-wealthy candidate.

Remember, that the goal is to set the candidate up to take advantage of the DeLay/Kissell/Foley/Kissell Effects (there are two Kissell effects recall). Also, the second goal is to make the candidate part of the 6X Genomic Effect that will win Democrats seats from dog-catcher to President.

18 Months (you heard me, 18 months out!!!)
• Meet with the county chair and set out an 18-month timetable for getting every voter covered by the network in your district.
• Begin meeting with as many precincts per week as possible to begin setting up the local network.
• Sign up precinct volunteers, block captains and cluster captains at each of these meetings, live (see below).
• The first six months will only require a few nights a week to setup the GOTV network and to make connections in every precinct you hope to serve.
• Make sure that all precincts have elected captains that are willing to undertake the responsibilities necessary to win Democratic seats.
• Pass on contact information for all precinct captains and officers to all county Democratic candidates for uploading into GOTV database.

• Give access to the online campaign system to each Democratic campaign with access to the VAN and training for campaign staff.
• Supply each campaign with a bare-bones laptop complete with wireless broadband access (like the Verizon card) so that block captains and cluster captains can be instantly entered into the GOTV database on site at the precinct meetings.

12 Months
• Keep voters aware of what GOP is doing in the legislature using the online communication system, which will send email to those that have email, print out postcards to those who do not have email, or phone numbers. Too often legislators get to hide their bad decisions from their constituents. The candidate needs to be highlighting these decisions as they come.
• I would suggest at this point the candidates hit the early morning/late afternoon hand-shaking circuit. These candidates will still have jobs, but if they can get out and introduce themselves, it will go a long way to exciting the base. Canvassing, canvassing, and canvassing. Also a great way to work with the precinct, block, and cluster captains to setup Meet & Greets.
• At this point, every precinct should have a real leader and each block should have a captain that is reachable.
• Do at least one trial of the communication network for a legislative issue of general importance, like the minimum wage or healthcare.
• Gather emails from as many Democrats in the county as possible, update the VAN with volunteers.
• At this point the precincts should begin activating their block captains.
• Each block captain should identify a number of cluster captains that will agree to get 5-10 voters to the polls.

6 Months
Run, Forrest, Run.

I’m really not going to add anything beyond this point because the people who work on the ground like Blue South and Southern Dem are probably shaking their heads already. My point of this timeline is to show that the 100 Counties Strategy depends on convincing County and Precinct officials that they OWN this election. Winning or losing depends on them. If you have a lousy County chair, the candidates can bypass them and work with the precincts directly. If you have a great County Chair but a lousy precinct captain, then to directly to the voters, knock on their doors and ask them to be block captains. If you start early enough, there is time to do it without quitting your job.

I’m feeling a little anticlimactic right now, because I have been thinking about this since July or August, back when the 50-state project really took off. I didn’t want to post anything on it over time because there was no way it could be tuned up in time for the 2006 election and I didn’t want it to serve as a distraction. So, this has been at the front of my mind for months. As such, there are probably things I have forgotten to mention or make clear. If you have any questions, please leave a comment. I have to go Chair a meeting pretty soon, but I will be back later to check in on the comments.

100 Counties, 170 Democratic Candidates, One Centralized Campaign, a Blue NC.


Now it's time to talk.

I think everyone here gets the 100 Counties. It's the kind of thing where people start shaking their heads in agreement as soon as you start discussing it. I also think everyone gets the idea of a centralized Online Campaign System.

So, now it is time to talk to those in power and see what they have to say. If they say no thanks, like the Rahm Emanuel's of the country-wide races, then we do it ourselves as best as possible.

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Great post, great ideas. A

Great post, great ideas. A few thoughts. The party will not give van access to candidates unless they win their primary first and even then it's pretty tightly regulated although it is now the most open I have ever
seen it.

If you want to attract the attention of the power people in the party the first few iterations of this effort needs to be a grassroots proof of concept before they will become believers, maybe I am wrong about that...not sure.

One thing is for sure the democratic party needs to present itself as the leader in new and exciting technology. Hell most county party HQ don't even have a functioning website let alone a mechanism for e-mail, volunteer coordination or event calendar input.

the verizon cards mentioned really do not work in a large part of the state I have offered free of charge my companies completely portable high speed satellite broadband connections for events. You can set it up in about 20 min and you can literally have a 1MB X 250Kbps connection in the middle of a corn field as long as you have a clear shot at the southern sky. I always thought that it would be nice to have at county events so that you can show them good web sites, legislative voting records, check their voter registration, enter them in the proposed on-line central campaign organizing tool being proposed, hell I am sure there are other good uses it can be put to in rural areas.

I guess th point I am trying to make is that we need to lead and be on the cutting edge.

This is some great stuff.

A few thoughts. The VAN sucks anyways, 20% of the numbers were disconnected or wrong. I would suggest that they will be getting more back from the activist sign-ups than they are losing through dissemination of the VAN. Now, if the DNC comes into NC with microtargeting data and doesn't want to share that with everyone...well, that is stupid as well. A vote for one Dem is more than likely a vote for all dems.

The satellite linkup is a great idea, perhaps both?

Websites. I thought at the state convention Jerry had said that every county now had a functioning web site? As for leading, I think the group of people here on BlueNC could put together a great candidate template in no time flat. The content management backside of the website might be harder to manage without getting serious, like a real candidate serious. But, even that is not out of the realm. Let's say we pick four or five Progressive House and Senate members, build a template, then upgrade them to this system. It might work. Again, it wouldn't have all the bells & whistles of a state-wide contact system, but everything else could be intact.

I've been thinking it would be cool to intergrate the activist list into a frappr map as well.

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Regarding VAN database:

Regarding VAN database: Activists in Wake county in 2004 did not have access to and were not happy with VAN when we could talk the state party out of info from there so we took it upon ourselves to create our own VAN with the help of a very talented individual that wishes to remain anonymous. Basically you can download very current voter data from the state BOE but you get no phone numbers so what he did was run the data with an automated script thru infospace and the white pages. ( totally illegal BTW according to the terms of those websites but we did it anyway) Those websites would catch on pretty quickly that a robot was using them so we had to insert random delays and route the requests through university servers across the nation. It would take a few hours to run a precinct but it worked. We then had two types of volunteers that would go to http://wakezilla.unending.org/ and log in online from their homes. There were ID checkers that would use whatever internet resources or local phone books to fill in the blanks our automated program did not get and they would then check those persons back in to the Wakezilla data base. Then we had script callers, We would give them names from their precinct so it was a local person calling their neighbors. They would log in and be presented with the names, phone numbers and voting histories of their neighbors to call. As they called they would check boxes as they read a script, IE do you need a ride? Would you like a sign for so and so? Are there any new voters in your house that need to be registered? etc. We would weight the numbers that we gave out in terms of voting frequency, race, gender age etc. So that our effort was maximized towards folks we could realistically have an impact on and that had already demonstrated a commitment to the political process. This home grown, homemade effort was very effective and our numbers were way better and more current than VAN.
The motto is do not waste oodles of time waiting for leadership from the “officials” of the party, take the bull by the horns and and charge forward. Our effort did not go unnoticed and subsequently gained us a lot of respect. It’s why the wake county chapter of the progressive dems (or aggressives as some in the state party like to call us) have a good relationship with Jerry and others at the top.
Don’t get me wrong, stuff like this takes a crap load of time and tends to burn you out fast so pace yourselves, start early and don’t neglect family, friends and your social lives.

County parties having their

County parties having their own websites has definitely improved by a long shot but there are still counties without websites. You can check which don't have web sites by going to www.ncdp.org and clicking on county parties on the right hand side of the page. For instance Camden county.

Fantastic entry, Robert. Much good stuff to think about.

I love the way you're presenting all this and there is no risk whatsoever in micro-managing. NC progressives need a blueprint and, by golly, you've provided one. Ownership and responsibility. Kudos to you for exercising both of those valuable attributes.

You're awesome.

Thanks A.

Still, these 3 posts and $1.98 buys me a cup of coffee at Weaver Street. I need to see this happen for 2008 or else I will be dissatisfied.

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If you question the importance of Ownership...

just notice that Jerry Meek's thread on helping him pick a candidate to run against Liddy Dole has more comments than any non-election open thread in the history of BlueNC. Okay, I made that up, but I will bet it holds.
Ownership. A feeling that one is making an impact.

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You've laid it all out...

Here's where we are...here's where we want to be...and here's how to get there.

We haven't talked in detail about the obstacles or the competition. If it's OK with you, I'm going to think about these things and lay out some thoughts in a few days. (As Sales and Mktg exec for a small company (IBM) I used to teach this stuff to Business Unit managers. I don't have the political savvy you folks here have...so you may have to interpret.

Stan Bozarth

FYI to Dems who want

to get involved.

In case we have new readers who might be interested ... I hope I'm not stepping out of my bounds here ... the State Chair (Jerry Meek [wooT!]) will call for Precinct meetings to be held sometime in Feb. or Mar. 2007. Every county sets up their own time within a two week window designated by the State Chair, but I think meeting locations are always the same place you go to vote. If you want to make a difference, call your county Democratic party office in January and ask for the time and location of your precinct meeing. Then get yourself there. Let nothing stop you.

Just show up. In odd years (this year) officers are elected. Officers will want/need help. Don't go in guns blazing ready to turn the place on it's head. Go in humble, and ask what you can do to help. They'll love you and you'll be the best thing since sliced bread. all you have to do is show up.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I think 2007 could be surprising.

Because by the time the precinct meetings roll around the presidential politics will be rolling full-steam. 2005...now THAT was a dead year. : )

That's how I got into a "leadership" role in my precinct, by showing up.

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This gives me much to think about Robert

its a good plan and it can be done. Include with this plan a way that we can keep our Dem reps honest, open and answerable to the people. If they don't forget that, then we all will have an easier job with this. Allow more scandal and it will be hard to convince people that the Dem party is the best party to lead our town, county, state and country.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

primary them.

Lest the NCDP forget, if this program becomes run by the netroots for the netroots, it could easily be used to Lamont our own Liebermans.

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Is there anyone anywhere

Is there anyone anywhere that can be as bad as liarman? The guy gives me the creeps.

Attending your precinct

Attending your precinct meeting is probably the single most important step you can take toward having a voice and hence a hand on the tiller that steers the party. From there you can instantly be elected (because the positions go begging) to attend the county, district and state conventions where your votes really can add up if you organize. Progressive Democrats in a matter of just two years were able to get enough members on the state executive committee to put Jerry Meek over the top in his run for State Chair because they flooded precinct meetings when Howard Dean started talking about a bottom up approach to shaping the democratic party and folks started talking about the nuts and bolts approaches required. Many committed activists in NC today did not even know what a precinct meeting was in 2000 let alone the mechanisms for influencing the party platform and direction.


I am WAY WAY WAY too tired to read and take part in all of this.

All I will say is that many people dont decide to run for office until about January through March. so be cognizant of that.


"Keep the Faith"

You are absolutely right,

under the old model. This is 24/7/365 America. People have been runnning for President since December 2004, it's all politics all the time.

Also, there is no way someone could run HARD from May 2007 until November 2008. But, they could run part time, put down roots, reach out. In some ways, it might be easier to get them to run NOW while the excitement is still high.

NOTE: I am talking about state races and not about Congressional races - whole different ballgame.

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It might be possible to run for it part time for 18 months instead of full time for 6-12. not sure.


"Keep the Faith"

If you get a primary, starting in odd october is not a bad idea


I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Another thing to remember

I'm mostly talking about these Republican held districts where NO ONE ever runs. The goal for the first 12 months would be to excite the base that someone is challenging and put in place a great GOTV operation. Also, to constantly let them see that the current Republican is voting against their best interests.

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In support of organized precincts

You go, Robert P.

Our (very small, very Republican) precinct was not organized for the Democrats two months ago. We had two meetings. We canvassed door-to-door. Left lit. Called those not home.

And once we identified our voters, we called them before election day. (We did no early voting drive because it was 45 minutes away.)

We won every single race. Of course, most of our candidates lost overall. But it's a start. And since one of Art Pope's minions almost knocked off our incumbent Representative, these few extra votes might really count one day quite soon.
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

WOOT..Great job Drama

WOOT..Great job Drama queen.

One other really good reason to organize your precinct is that if your county has a certain number of precincts organized, I forget how many 50% or 2/3rds not exactly sure, then your county party gets to keep a major portion of the funds raised by that county party. Might even be all the funds I forget...lets put it this way..the more precints organized in your county then the better for the local county party for many reasons including funding from the state party.

Here's what I know on that subject

Each county party pays a fee called the "sustaining fund" to the state party. The fee is based on how many votes the Democratic gubernatorial candidate got in the last election. (Something like 10 cents a head, I think.)

If a county party has 90% (or maybe 80%?) of it's precincts organized (which means they have officially elected precinct officers and held a precinct meeting with 5 or more people AND they have two active auxially groups: either a teen dem or a young dem and one of these others: senior dems, African/American caucus, dem women, Hispanic caucus), then that county is exempt from contributing to the sustaining fund.

The reality is some county chairs fill out names on a form and nothing remotely like Robert P's plan is actually happening in those precints.

Support from the state party to counties doesn't come in the form of cash. counties get access to the voter file (VAN) and activist trainings and sometimes legal help or advice, etc.
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.


Hey Baja,
The BlueNC link system is a little funky. AFter you highlight the text you want linked and hit the link button, you have to go into the text and replace the http:// with the link. That will give you something like this, link to the Plan of Organization.

Right now, when a person clicks on your link, it comes up as broken.
p.s. Thanks for the link!!!
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...as long as someone hasn't replied to your post you can always go back and edit it.

I link, therefore I am

This is exactly what I'm talking about.

I have a serious question for you - why did people join in to help? Why did they go knocking and calling in your precinct?

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Their time wasn't wasted and they were talking to neighbors

Their volunteer hours were spent on direct voter contact instead of boring meetings. And the people they were approaching were potential friends.

This is how it worked:

1. Somebody local and well known called all regular democratic voters to invite them to the first meeting. (In a larger town with a newspaper, we could have advertized, or run a meeting notice!)

2. At the first meeting, a leader was elected who offered a vision of a potential democratic win with realistic ideas about how to accomplish it.

3. At the second meeting, everyone contributed ideas to a concrete plan for identifying potential voters and getting them to the polls. By contributing ideas, even when they weren't used, the participants seemed more committed than if they had been asked (or told) to volunteer to an existing plan.

4. At both meetings, there was minimal socializing (not that people weren't friendly or chatty afterwards.) These two meetings were run with a written agenda. All discussions were results-oriented.
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

To paraphrase.

1. Capitalize on the environment.
2. Energize the base.
3. Ownership.
4. Responsibility (a bit of a stretch ; ) )

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100 Freaking Counties!

All of them. Yes.

You talked me into it. I'll head to the precinct meeting when it happens. I tend towards being an independent outsider because unproductive meetings make my skin crawl, but I'll get into the Party apparatus and see where it goes.

Inviting people, being productive, being positive, creating a workable plan, and allowing the citizenry to own the process is a winning way to do things. Top down, astroturfing nonsense isn't going to get our base excited, and I believe our state leadership gets this. Jerry Meek, Schorr Johnson, Mark Hufford, etc. are ready to join the wisdom and experience of the old guard with the energy and innovation of the riled-up newbies to create a political party system that operates person-to-person, door-to-door, phone-to-phone, and computer-to-computer to get out the vote for our candidates.

By running folks in every district for every seat, we'll energize the base in areas long neglected, tax the resources of the opposition, and farm the state for new talent.

Now...how do I find out when my precinct meeting takes place?

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

This website.

will give you links to the county website, which will either give you links, phone numbers, or a general email address through which you can find the precinct chair. Email them,that is what I did.

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Shuler/Taylor 392-110

If my crystal ball is right, Screwy, that's your precinct's vote last week. The mighty 12th.
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

County to County CPR

Great job Robert.

As you probably know, I co-chaired an Orange County DP committee called Take Back the House. Your esteemed precinct captain and our party chair were also involved. We provided county to county assistance to Cabarrus and Union Counties, in an effort to support the Kissell campaign.

We think this is a model that we can continue to strengthen. We'd like to see other heavily Democratic counties get on board and do the same things that we saw as successful. Jack Sanders wants to set up a meeting with Jerry to discuss it.

Can it be a part of the 100 county plan, too?

Here's a basic list of things that one county might do to help another:
-Provide precinct organization training
-Phone calling (we used cell phones and skype to minimize cost)
-Canvassing volunteers
-VAN support (especially for cleaning up the bad contact info, but also for sorting it in useful ways)

Here are some things that the recipient counties can do to make it work:
-Appoint a liaison person
-Provide information on the county demographics, elected officials, candidates, etc.
-Find space, time, and volunteers for precinct org training
-Identify any additional needs for support


I think one thing to keep in mind is that if the whole state and county leadership becomes wired, this becomes much easier to do. Still and all, what matters is to get local dems excited and into the process. Perhaps CTCCPR is one way of getting that to happen.

Even within my precinct, we don't have block and cluster captains and we are WELL ORGANIZED. By the time the next election rolls around I think every precinct in North Carolina should have block captains and cluster captains that KNOW they are responsible for getting these 10 voters to the voting booth. Come hell of highwater.

As someone who coordinates for a living, I'll bet you could be very helpful with this idea.

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I'm in

As someone who coordinates for a living, I'll bet you could be very helpful with this idea.

Ha! I've never thought of myself as someone who coordinates, even if I am a coordinator!

I'm a block captain too, so I can offer some perspective.

Our pins on your lovely frappr page aren't that far apart. Let's have lunch. Send me a message at jagmeyer(at)earthlink.net