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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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  -I held my first fund raiser for a candidate OhioBlue  Jun-25-06 08:01 PM   #0 
  - was it at your home? n/t  AZDemDist6   Jun-26-06 12:38 PM   #1 
  - it was at my Dad's house  OhioBlue   Jun-26-06 03:43 PM   #3 
  - In early June I had "FriendRaiser" for a local candidate  Emit   Jun-26-06 02:59 PM   #2 
  - I know how you felt  OhioBlue   Jun-26-06 03:50 PM   #4 
     - $650 is great! and a statewide candidate is used to putting miles on  AZDemDist6   Jun-26-06 07:44 PM   #5 
        - Thanks.  OhioBlue   Jun-26-06 08:39 PM   #6 
  - Excellent work  poli speak   Jun-27-06 08:33 AM   #7 
  - Poli - That is so great of you!!  OhioBlue   Jun-27-06 10:03 AM   #8 
  - woohoo!!  AZDemDist6   Jun-27-06 10:48 AM   #9 
  - Speaking as a former candidate,  geniph   Jun-27-06 05:47 PM   #10 
     - Terrific advice! nt  Kukesa   Jun-29-06 07:39 AM   #11 

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