Attention all campaigning candidates!
Once upon a time there was a reporter that would find out who all the candidates were from the Crawford County Board of Elections and call each one up for an interview. Alas, we are no longer staffed enough to do this.
But, you can still get the word out in our newspaper.
First, send your information to us with a photo so people recognize you and we can get it in — ONE TIME. If you want it in fast, copy and paste all the text into the body of your email and attach the photo as a jpeg.
Second, you can also write a letter to the editor introducing yourself to the community and tell them why they should vote for you. We would also love it if you bought an ad.
Third, get all your family and friends to write letters to the editor.
The best campaigning I have seen takes an investment of time. Candidates need to go to where the people are. Go to restaurants, gas stations, carry-outs, bars, theaters, auto repair shops, grocery stores, dry cleaners, laundromats and thrift stores. Meet people. Hand them a paper with information about you and smile. The only thing that’s going to cost you is time, a little ink on paper and a few miles on your car. But it will be worth it. People don’t vote for yard signs. They vote for people they know.
When my local township was electing township trustees I voted for the one that took the time to drive up my 660-foot gravel driveway, knock on my door, introduce himself and shake my hand. He won the election.
Lastly, go to public meetings and introduce yourself. I can’t guarantee that all newspapers will do what I do, but when a candidate shows up at a public meeting that I’m covering and signs that slip of paper requesting talk time, I include it in my story. Even if the other newspaper doesn’t include it in their story, you have met a bunch of people that you will ultimately be working with.
NOTE: You have until March 1 to send in your opinions.