My name’s Connor and I’ve been assigned to the 17th Congressional District starting today! I’ve been with the campaign for about 6 months working in NH, MA, ME and now NY. Roger and I had a really productive meeting today where he brought me up to speed on everything that’s been going on so far.
Thats me on the left and Connor on the right.
Let me start by saying that I’m extremely impressed by everything Westchester for Bernie has been doing. In the time I’ve been on the campaign, I have never seen volunteers be so organized and take the initiative the way you all have without any staff involvement. This brings me to my role in your work: I’m here to be a resource for you. As much as possible, I want to help facilitate all of the great work you’ve been doing. The staff won’t win this election: the volunteers will.
To get into specifics, I want to assist in organizing and running events and coordinating our efforts to reach out to voters. Roger and I talked about getting some meetings going for next week: we already locked down the Rye Bar and Grill for Wednesday the 23rd at 7pm with space for 150 (I have to say: it was pretty awesome that we got that set up within an hour of hatching the idea). We’d like to have additional meetings on the 24th as well as either the 26th or 27th and hope to get those set up within the next couple days. These will be barnstorm-type events where we want to motivate our supporters, allow them to network with each other, and tie it all together with a call to action. Over the next week, I’d like to work with you to set up additional phone banks and canvasses (you read that right, Javier, canvasses) for us to schedule people into. The campaign is working on getting an office in New City at the Communication Workers of America office: I’ll give you more info on that when I have it.
As far as canvassing, setting that up is a top priority for me. The NY Votebuilder database is not set up yet, but it will hopefully be online by Friday (no promises though). I love the way you’ve already set up targets without the campaign’s help, but I’m thinking Votebuilder access will be a game changer as we’ll be able to set up very specific targets and enter our data so that we can build a universe for GOTV. I understand we want to canvass on Saturday: if I have Votebuilder access by Friday, you can send me the area you want to canvass and hopefully I can get turf cut and printed in time.
Those are the details I have for now: this was my first day in the district, so I’ll be coming out with more in the coming days. Again: from everything I talked about with Roger today, it seems like you’ve been doing great work here, and I’m pumped to be here to help. I encourage you to reach out with any other questions, concerns, or ideas – that’s what I’m here for. I’m still figuring out what my schedule will be like but I should be reachable at least 9am-9pm every day.
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