Archive for August, 2015

Ellen Arthur for House of Delegates: campaign update

A message from Ellen Arthur’s new campaign manager Tara Rountree:

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to be joining the campaign and I am so thrilled by all of the wonderful support Ellen has in the 24th- specifically coming from such engaged and active committees. If you ever need anything or have any questions, please email or call me at any time. I hope to work closely with all of you.

While I’m incredibly excited for what is in store, I also know there is a LOT of work to be done. Before I came along there wasn’t a field plan at all, and I would like to implement an aggressive field strategy so we can win. I have predicted that we need 6,000 people to vote for Ellen on Election Day November 3 in order for her to win. If turnout is lower than I predicted, it could be less. The number one way to win is to talk to voters! This means knocking on doors and making phone calls.

I will be in the campaign headquarters, 111 West Nelson, starting Monday, every night from 5-8pm for people to make calls. If I am not there I will have a volunteer there in my place. I am going to have very targeted call lists for people to call from so we make sure we are talking to the right people.

SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday September 12th at 9:30 am we are going to have a big canvass kickoff for Lexington and Rockbridge. I want us to hit as many people on the doors in the Democratic precincts as possible. Ellen will be joining us, so please try to come for this exciting and important event. If we have 15 volunteers for this then we can talk to 500 people. If everyone brings a friend then we can talk to 1,000 people!!!

Ellen’s Vineyard fundraiser on Saturday September 5 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. is going to be a great time, but we would really like to increase the turnout as much as possible. State Senator Creigh Deeds will be there and we will have live music. You can order tickets online at ellenatthevineyard.eventbrite.com. Starting Monday August 31, while I am at campaign headquarters from 5pm-8pm, I will also be selling paper tickets for the Vineyard event. I understand that when they originally planned the event paper tickets were not an option, but because of the amount of people who requested them, or expressed interest in purchasing at the door, I have designed tickets for folks to buy.

I have plans for Ellen to have an ad on the radio in a couple of weeks so these events are so crucial to making that happen. Getting her name out there and increasing her name recognition is so important in an off year election like this one.

Lastly, Labor Day is coming up, so please consider walking with us in the Labor Day parade on Monday September 7 in Buena Vista. Our visibility is going to be critical especially knowing the resources available to our opponent. There will be lots of signs for you to hold, and two vehicles if you would prefer not to walk. If you can participate, join us at 9 a.m. at the Parry McCluer Middle School, 2329 Chestnut Ave., in Buena Vista. The parade will end at Glen Maury Park, where there will be speeches by Ellen and Creigh Deeds.

All the best,

Tara Rountree
Campaign Manager
tara@ellenin2015.com
757-572-2236

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