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John Branam's comments:
I am one of the publicly financed candidates for Position One. Collecting the signatures was a wonderful and important part of the campaign. Unlike any other Voter Owned candidate, I collected more than half of my signatures by visiting neighbors door-to-door.
I believe that this is an important intent of VOE?to make sure that candidates connect personally with residents. It gave me a chance to listen to concerns and to explain my motivation for running. I collected a bulk of the remaining qualifying signatures by having friends host meet-and-greet parties; also a great way to connect personally with voters.
While it is impressive that candidates like Jim and Sho collected their signatures in a short period of time, I really enjoyed my experience knocking on doors and introducing myself (even if it took several months to complete the 1000 forms).
If part of the intent is to connect voters to these candidates, I hope that future VOE rules will encourage and/or require the candidate to hand collect and gather the signatures personally.
posted 5 years, 1 month ago
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