Winning Michigan for John Kerry and electing pro-environment Democrats,
and Republicans like Jack Bradenburg of St. Clair Shores, resulted in
part from the hard work and investment of significant resources by
Clean Water Action and its friends and allies, like Sierra Club and the
Michigan League of Conservation Voters, who do the political work that
is essential to building power for the environment in Michigan.
We are still gathering volunteer, staff and hard election data for
Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund, but here are a few fun facts
that suggest the "ground game" made a difference on Election Day.
- Clean Water Fund, allied with Hispanic and African-American
groups, conducted a massive non-partisan GOTV operation in 15 Grand
Rapids precincts where turnout has traditionally been low. Each of
27,000 households in the 15 precincts was contacted three times between
Oct. 30 through Election Day by an army of more than 250 staff and
volunteers led by community organzer Kym Spring with huge support on
GOTV days from organizer Lynn Kaucheck. Turnout in Grand Rapids reached
nearly 70 percent, including in many of our the targeted previously
"low turnout" precincts.
- Kerry won Michigan by 150,000 votes. Our Michigan Campaign
Director, Cyndi Roper, with major support from 300 East Lansing
volunteers, coordinator Bethany Renfer, and organizer John Lindemayer,
directed Clean Water Action's advocacy campaign
that resulted in our talking with with more than 62,000 households
about Kerry in one-on-one conversations. By Election Day we focused Get
Out Our Vote work on nearly 25,000 potential Kerry households. In many
key areas, we had multiple conversations with potential Kerry
- In St. Clair Shores and House District 24 in Macomb County,
Sarah Roberts, our
community organizer, along with Chris Johnston and other staff and 300
volunteers, talked with 3,500 members one-on-one about Kerry and
targeted GOOV at the 1,842 potential Kerry supporters in the district.
Our endorsed candidate for state Rep. Republican Jack Brandenburg
easily won his re-election bid while our Democrat candidate Kerry
carried St. Clair Shores with just over 50 percent of the vote.
- In House District 55, Kathy Angerer ousted
Matt Milosch, by 310 votes. Clean Water Action volunteers and staff
talked with 1,218 people in District 55 about Angerer, andidentified
848 potential Angerer supporters and recruited 100 volunteers. On
Election Day, staff and volunteers mounted an intensive day-long GOOV
effort in District 55.
The District 55 campaign was spearheaded for Clean Water Action by
Brian Beauchamp and Nate Geisler of our Ann Arbor staff.
- House District 26 in Oakland County is where Marie Donigan won
1,800 votes. Clean Water Action talked about Donigan with 2,117
members in HD 26, and identified 1,156 potential Donigan supporters.
Our persuasion and Get Out Our Vote campaign in this Oakland County
House race drew more than 40 volunteers to Clean Water Action's
campaign to elect Donigan who put in more than 250 hours. Emma White
and Moira Briss, our Oakland team, led that effort.
Thanks to all our hard-working volunteers, staff and allies for their
incredible leadership and support!
- In the city-suburban Grand Rapids House District 75 Lynna
Kaucheck's advocacy work focused on John Kerry and local races, talking
with more than 600 members and identifying 511 Kerry supporters.
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