Inside the Campaign – from Lobbyist Jim Kainber

October 25, 2010 at 2:31 am Leave a comment

Stand for Children is now among Top 20 political givers in the state who invest in partisan elections.

With over $230,000 in political dollars raised this year – our supporters have shown that we can put public school kids’ interests ahead of many traditional interest groups in the race to protect key supporters of education, and elect new champions to move us forward.

While a significant investment in the primary election got all twelve candidates we supported onto the November ballot, the national news and corresponding voter trends, are likely to impact candidates we supported, and, as such, we ramped up our general election efforts in the following ways:

Steve Litzow for Senate and Marcie Maxwell for House in District 41(Bellevue, Mercer Island, Renton area)

As the only group advocating voters cross party lines to support GOP Litzow and Democrat Maxwell, Stand for Children was critical in Litzow’s narrow hundred vote victory in the primary election.  Recent polling puts this race in a statistical dead heat, with Litzow narrowly ahead.  In the general election we will mail three mailings totaling over 20,000 voters, contact nearly 3,000 voters with our volunteers door to door and will call over 7,000 potential supporters.

Re-elect Senator Steve Hobbs in District 44 (east Snohomish County)

After emerging victorious from a bruising primary election, political forces attempting to unseat moderate Democrats have trained their guns on Senator Hobbs again in the general election.  Recent polling shows that he is ahead 47-42 against his opponent, but insiders worry that an anti-incumbent vote in both the US Senate and congressional races could skew the turnout against Hobbs.  SFC is sending nearly 30,000 mailings and 9,000 phone calls into this district to support one of our key allies in the Senate.

Keep Rodney Tom and Ross Hunter in District 48, (Bellevue)

Senator Tom’s recent polling numbers showed him ahead of his opponent by 5 points, but Stand for Children has maintained a presence in this district by investing hundreds of volunteer hours, as well as two mailings for these two top education champions. 

Elect Education Champion Cathy Dahlquist in District 31, (south King and east Pierce counties)

The most mud-slinging by far in any of our races has been in the campaign to elect Cathy Dahlquist, where her opponent – also a Republican — took a direct shot at Stand for Children’s support in a sleazy direct mail piece where he called her Obama-esqe and Stand a “liberal Seattle group.”  Our three pieces will feature Dahlquist, who is an Enumclaw School Board member, as the only choice for education, and include an endorsement from Education champion Democrat Pat Sullivan. 

Laurie Jinkins for State House in District 27 and Mike Heavey in District 34, (West Seattle)

Both Jinkins and Heavey are locked in aggressive partisan battles, as they, and their general election opponents are all Democrats.   Big special interest money has been pouring into both districts from groups that normally would not engage in either of these solidly Democratic districts.  We are sponsoring three mailers in both district reaching over 40,000 voters, telephone calls to over 12,000 voters, and our volunteers will knock on over 6,000 doors.

We have also been engaged in the campaigns to re-elect Tim Probst and elect Monica Stonier to the House in District 17 in Vancouver, and keep to John Driscoll and Kevin Parker working for the people of Spokane.


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