Mark Strama’s campaign for HD-50 in 2004 should serve as a benchmark and training ground for Progressives running in swing areas all over the state. Mark’s innovative integration of technology, training and tons and tons of grassroots blockwalking/phonebanking paid off as one more seat became blue.
One of the most interesting elements was a rolling summer academy. Every time you dropped by you could see first-hand that young people were not just reading/blogging/emailing about politics, they were involved in politics on the ground. If you know some young people near HD-50 (north Travis County, part of Williamson County) pondering their summer options, pass this along!
Now that spring break is over, some of the young people you know will be planning for how they will spend the summer. I hope you will forward them this message.
Campaign Academy 2006 is a unique summer opportunity for students to learn the nuts and bolts of modern politics, as well as the important policy issues that confront state government, while contributing to my re-election effort in what promises to be another challenging campaign.
Students will be an integral part of the daily campaign activities: working with databases, conducting voter registration drives, and knocking on doors. Last time, the Campaign Academy even wrote their own press releases and developed their own fundraising strategies.
Daily lunch speakers include current and former elected officials, political consultants, and policy wonks. In 2004, our guest speakers included former Governor Ann Richards, former U.S. Senator Bob Krueger, and State Senator Rodney Ellis.
Please forward this message to anyone you know who might want to participate. Details on how to apply for a spot in Campaign Academy 2006 can be found at:
Thanks for your continuing support.