Mayoral Campaigns Work to Get Out the Vote
Fargo volunteers calling voters Monday
You can run the best strategic campaign in the world, but if you don’t get your voters to the polls, you’ll lose. So yesterday afternoon, the Sacramento mayoral campaigns were hardly sitting around waiting for the rain to stop.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
At Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo’s midtown headquarters, there was plenty of coffee to go around for the supporters gathering for a rally, and the half-dozen volunteers working the phones.
Fargo Volunteer: “Hi Chris, this is Frank Graham, I’m calling from the Heather Fargo for mayor campaign.”
Gauging support …
Fargo Volunteer: “Have you decided who you’re voting for yet? Can we count on that vote?”
And offering help.
Fargo Volunteer: “Do you need a ride to the polls or anything?”
Alvarado: “We made over 300 calls of all undecideds. Started early morning at 9am.”
Field director Kenny Alvarado says volunteers just walked right in, without being asked – and even volunteered to walk door to door.
Alvarado: “In the rain – they don’t care, give us some literature. We’ll go out there to downtown, midtown and South Land Park and to the Pocket area.”
And it wasn’t just volunteers making calls …
Dickinson: “This is Roger Dickinson. Is this Mike?”
County Supervisor Roger Dickinson and Mayor Fargo herself worked the phones as well.
Johnson Volunteer: “Hi, thank you for calling Kevin Johnson for Mayor campaign office.”
It was much quieter a few blocks away at Johnson headquarters, but staffer Wanda Starks said there was a good reason for that.
Starks: “Everybody is down getting ready for the rally.”
A rain-or-shine Election Eve gathering at the Guild Theater in Oak Park. But that didn’t mean the office was empty.
Evans: “My name is such and such, I’m a volunteer for the Kevin Johnson for Mayor campaign.”
One volunteer, Amber Evans, gave several folders full of voter lists to another one, 25 year old law student Dustin Saiidi.
Evans: “If they don’t know their polling place, let them know. And encourage them to get out and vote.”
Saiidi: “So please remember to vote November 4th, and vote Kevin Johnson for mayor.”
Saiidi, though, left a lot of messages – most people, apparently, were still at work.
Saiidi: “We have a few will answer, but most of them are machines.”
Starks: “Give me your address and your name.”
And Wanda Starks was lining up voters who needed rides to the polls – in one of the couple dozen campaign vans or a limo being donated by a local business.