There are exciting things to report. In no particular order:
1. The wonderful Walt Taylor made this fantastic logo. Thank you, Walt!
2. The also wonderful — if far less house-trained — Jeff Hewitt has made this web app that will allow people to change their Facebook profile pictures into a Vote Norfolk promo. Please don’t share that link yet, but check it out:
3. The great people at Code for Hampton Roads — led by Kevin Curry and Blaine Price — are working with myself and Donald Luzzatto from the Pilot’s editorial pages on a web app that will match the values of voters with the values of candidates through an online questionnaire. This would be huge. We’re rooting for minimum viable product first week of May.
4. Rose & Womble has come on as a sponsor of the project. Which doesn’t change much for us as a group, but it does make it easier for the Pilot to support these kinds of civic engagement projects in the future. Huge thanks to the lovely Jennifer Mueller at the Pilot for making this happen.
5. We held a successful event at O’Connor Brewing, attended by upwards of 40 people. Ryan Baham has taken the lead on the next event. We are talking about it also being at OBC, and having an almost speed dating-type element where candidates spend set amounts of time with small groups of voters. More details to come.
6. We are partnering with the Unitarian Church on a candidate forum. Please set aside Sunday, April 10th, from 1:30 to 3pm. I was the facilitator of a School Board candidate forum recently, where they gave a shout-out to our project.
7. I am in talks with The Naro about showing the classic film Election either the night before our election, or the previous Friday evening.
8. Brittany Shearer of the Push Comedy Theater has filmed a 2-minute “all you need to know about this election” video. I am hoping to edit it next week.
9. I have reached out to all of the candidates for op-eds. Those will run in April.
10. I am devoting the next five NFK Dreams columns to the election. There will be features on each candidate for mayor, a piece on my experience running for office, a plea for people to vote, and/or a piece on the school board races, if there is time and space.
11. I am working on securing a couple hundred buttons with the logo Walt made. I am also talking to some creative folks about getting VOTE NORFOLK chalk stencils to spray around the city.
12. One element that has not proven very successful is the Pledge to Vote sign-up. We are at 88. For this to work I think it will need a bigger push than something this grassroots effort can handle. I do think it’s a decent idea, and worth considering in the future. Nonetheless, big thanks to the awesome Jimmy Grimes at the Pilot for making this happen.
13. Finally, content on AltDaily related to the elections is starting to pick up. Please, if you would like to write about any of the races, candidates, or issues, email me! (firstname.lastname@example.org). Here is some of what we’ve run so far. These stories have totaled 2,353 page views (with thousands more impressions on FB), so that’s some decent reach.
Plus, the pages on our Voter Turnout Project tab are at 958 page views, giving us a total of 3,311. If we get over 10,000 I will be happy.
More to come. God bless democracy.
Thank you to the generous sponsor of this project, Rose & Womble.
Rose & Womble Realty Co. was born and bred in Hampton Roads – our owners live and work here in the Seven Cities. We are a family-owned and operated business – with multiple generations working at all levels, from agents to managers.The leadership within the company is LOCAL – not out of state – but right here in Hampton Roads.