Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pound the pavement this weekend for Dems

Lauri Kay Elbing keeps giving me all sorts of great material to put on the blog. We're down to the last 40 days and nights of this year's campaign, and things are really getting interesting. On the local scene, we have great Democratic candidates running for the legislature. The balance from Laramie County is now 6 Republicans and 4 Democrats. We want to turn that around to 6 Democrats and 4 Republicans. We need more Dems in the legislature to help Gov Dave accomplish his goals for the final two years of his second term. Get out and pound the pavement this weekend.

Here's more info from Lauri:

They always say, if you want something done, ask a busy person. To that end, I am writing to you because of your leadership and interest in this year’s campaigns as well as your record of solid volunteerism. Our Congressional and Legislatives candidates are in the home stretch of a long and brutal campaign…and volunteers and their time are at a premium, and leaders like you are even more rare. We can’t do it without your help and support….and time is short.

There will be nearly 15,000 absentee votes cast over the next week all across Wyoming. It is not difficult to see that the margin of victory could be decided this weekend in many races…including one that we lost by just 1,000 votes two years ago. We cannot allow that to happen again. We need to get our message out to these citizens about our great candidates. To that end, a major canvassing operation has been planned for this weekend and if you aren’t already signed up to help, I hope you will consider spending just a couple hours this weekend.

Can you help us knock on the doors of absentee voters in your neighborhood on Saturday or Sunday? Two hours helps us touch base with 50 early voters. Bringing yourself AND a friend helps us connect with 100 early voters!

Coordinated Campaign Regional Field Coordinators:

Aaron Owens: Laramie, Goshen Counties 307-399.0898,
Paula Hanson: Laramie County (shared with Aaron Owens) 307.635.3130
Bryan Watt: Carbon, Albany County, 307-660.0614
Rey Fuentes: Sweetwater, Uinta, Lincoln Counties 307-679.4125
Katie Lass: Natrona, Washakie Counties: 307-680.6128
Dana Walton: Converse, Platte, Niobrara Counties 307-258.1825
Andrew Simons: Crook, Weston, Campbell, Johnson, Big Horn, Park Counties
Meg Michelena: Sheridan Counties 307-752.7460
Brian Peterson: Teton, Sublette Counties 307-229.630.0437
Scott Porot: Fremont, Hot Springs Counties 213.814.8820,
Hanna Thompson: Sweetwater County (shared with Rey Fuentes) 371.1630

CHEYENNE volunteers:

Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m., and 4-6 p.m.
Sunday will be from 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Email or call at 307.635.3130 to set up your shift and get instructions.

Visit to find a Coordinated Campaign office near you.

We have 40 Days and no more to pull off a few miracles and I know we do it. The lesson that we learn every election cycle is that every vote counts and getting people to the polls and excited about our candidates is the end game….Like you, my goal is to have no regrets on November 5th and to do everything humanly possible to put
these candidates over the top.

We all need encouragement to keep going periodically and I appreciate that we all lead busy lives, but this is a finite commitment, the results of which will impact our lives and our future. A very practical and powerful objective in Wyoming is to secure a Congress that will work with the Obama Administration. Let’s send as many Democrats to Washington, D.C., as possible to support the agenda of President Barack Obama.

Secondly, I wanted to let you know that we have an honest to goodness Statewide Coordinated Campaign underway… I would also encourage you to contact your County Democratic Party Chairperson to see what you can do to support this effort and to see if there is a special role you may take on.

There will be three major walk weekends, including this weekend and the weekend before the election. The more feet on the ground, the more votes at the polls. From literature drops, phone calling (voters and volunteers), addressing post cards, basic office work…there is much to do and the list goes on….but it IS achievable.

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