Posts Tagged ‘John Shadegg’

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.

5th January
2009
written by Sean Noble

The best book ever written about campaign strategy and tactics was written by Stephen Shadegg, father of Congressman John Shadegg.

How To Win An Election is a timeless  must-have handbook for anyone who ever even has a faint desire to run for public office.  On occasion during campaigns reporters will ask me about this or that strategy and my response is always the same: we’re running by the book.  They rarely ask the follow-up of what I mean, because they think I’m being coy, but I’m being honest – we run campaigns by the book How to Win an Election.

Chapter 14 of the book is entitled, “Don’t let them steal it from you.”  In it, Shadegg points out that the best prevention of voter fraud comes by not allowing unqualified voters from getting a ballot in the first place.  Here is a poignant paragraph:

Once a fraudulent vote has been cast and counted, it is difficult if not impossible to correct the error.  The secrecy of the ballot in this country gives the dishonest as well as the honest vote equal standing once the tally has been made.  It is relatively simple to prevent an unqualified voter from voting.  It is almost impossible to change the outcome or even to detect the fraud after the ballot has been placed in the box or the voter has been permitted to use the machine.

The circus that is going on in Minnesota is yet another example the potential theft of an election.  Al Franken (really? Al Franken?!?) is about to be declared the winner of the U.S. Senate race over incumbent Norm Coleman.  However, the questions about ballots and votes means that this race will remain in the courts for weeks, if not months.

At a minimum, this spectacle should serve as a catalyst to coming up with some solutions to prevent voter fraud.  A minimum in every state should be requiring identification when you show up at the polls.

Update: Thanks to Corey for the link to the book on Amazon.

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