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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-26-06 02:59 PM
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2. In early June I had "FriendRaiser" for a local candidate
Edited on Mon Jun-26-06 03:01 PM by Emit
I second all that you mentioned!

The next one I have, I will be better prepared for all the reasons you noted.

We mailed out 53 invites (inviting 2 people each), followed up with emails on those we had email addresses for and called those we could. We had about 25 RSVP's and of those only 8 people showed! I had spent over $200 in food and preparation for this and the turn out was so low, I was initially disappointed.

In the long run, though, the event turned out to have benefited the candidate well, because one of the guests was a Director of one of our local unions, and the conversation and atmosphere for that conversation was conducive to a positive outcome -- they hit it off well and will likely have continued discussions.

Also, two of my neighbors who attended have decided to re-register as Dems in order to vote for this candidate in the primaries (In our state, non-partisans cannot vote in the primaries). I consider that a beneficial outcome, too.

However, had I been more aggressive about calling people to remind them and to get a firmer commitment, my turnout would've been better. The 3 times contact rule is a must!

Edited to add, I like the idea you have of the committee participation -- spreads it out -- I'll keep that in mind for my next one, too.
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