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10th March
2009
written by Sean Noble

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John Lewis was the top vote-getter for Mayor of Gilbert today, with more than 40 percent of the vote in a race that was supposed to be close.  Second place for a spot in the run-off is Don Skousen with about 20 percent of the vote.  Incumbent Mayor Steve Berman came in third with about 18 percent.

I have not blogged about the Gilbert race because I am the general consultant for Lewis and I have kept clients out of my blog to this point.  But I’m a happy camper tonight.  This shows what a real grassroots campaign can do to cut through the noise of a crowded field.  There were a few super stars (other than John and his wife LaCinda) who made this happen: Chad Heywood, who managed the campaign, Jill Geigle and Lori Wood who repeated their stellar performance from the Yes on 102 campaign to make sure that the volunteer phone banks never went quiet and Miranda Culver who helped keep the volunteers coming to the phones.

I can’t tell you how many times I have sat in campaign meetings, seminars, candidate trainings, etc. and heard high-priced “expert” consultants dismiss the importance of phone banks in campaigns.  I have always enjoyed the vindication of wins that come from not straying from that strategy.  It got John Shadegg elected in his first primary, it got Tom Coburn elected to the U.S. Senate, it pushed the Prop. 102 initiative into double digits, and now it put John Lewis firmly in the pole position for the run-off.

John is a stellar candidate, a wonderful man, and he’s going to make a fantastic Mayor.

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