Mayoral Campaigns Work to Get Out the Vote

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(Sacramento, CA)
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.