Comments on: Column: Why Not Endorsements? it's like being there Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:56:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Vivienne Armentrout Vivienne Armentrout Mon, 02 Aug 2010 13:03:51 +0000 Dave, have you done an analysis of what percentage of the total vote the absentee ballots were for 2006 and 2008?

By: Dave Askins Dave Askins Mon, 02 Aug 2010 12:54:37 +0000 Re: [28] “With the number of absentee ballots issued increasing each year …”

Here’s some absentee ballots returned numbers to hang on that:

2578 for August 2006
2803 for August 2008
3092 so far for August 2010

Re:[28] “The City Clerk will provide anyone that requests them a list of absentee voters updated weekly.”

It’s actually daily that the spreadsheet gets emailed out!

By: Fred Zimmerman Fred Zimmerman Mon, 02 Aug 2010 12:45:32 +0000 Steve,

While I often disagree with your perspective, I certainly think you are a thoughtful person and I for one will consider your candidacy seriously. I will vote for you before a polarizing figure like Pat Lesko and I might very well vote for you before a past-his-expiration-date Hieftje. Good luck!

By: Stew Nelson Stew Nelson Mon, 02 Aug 2010 12:35:05 +0000 Great writing Mary.

With the number of absentee ballots issued increasing each year, if only 25% of the voters show up tomorrow, this years elections may already have been won or lost. The smart candidates have already done targeted mailing to absentee voters as they know they will actually vote. The City Clerk will provide anyone that requests them a list of absentee voters updated weekly.


By: anna ercoli schnitzer anna ercoli schnitzer Mon, 02 Aug 2010 11:43:05 +0000 Steve: Do you have a website? A blog? (If you do, those are both wonderful mechanisms by which the “independent thinker” can judge you and/or give you advice and suggestions–so that ultimately the community can win.) If so, could you please provide links? Thanks.

By: Steve Bean Steve Bean Mon, 02 Aug 2010 04:23:23 +0000 @23: No expectations here, except that I will be judged. That’s what we do, we judge each other. I look forward to more of it and to more advice and suggestions.

@19: You don’t seem to be serious about me winning either! What I’m serious about is the community winning, and the same old approaches aren’t likely to achieve that, given the circumstances we face. You don’t have to get used to me doing things differently, but it might be easier. You’ll be seeing it for at least three more months.

By: Rod Johnson Rod Johnson Mon, 02 Aug 2010 03:55:51 +0000 Steve, it’s true that your stance here seems awfully diffident. Voters may be put off by candidates who want it too badly, but I don’t think diffidence is a quality most people are looking for in a mayor either.

By: cosmonıcan cosmonıcan Mon, 02 Aug 2010 00:38:21 +0000 re #12: I re-read that, didn’t realize you had so many questions. In answer I would have to say yes, all of those statements are true.

Marketing is a powerful tool, and you have to create the appearance of a mob of supporters to attract more — and they will ditch an incumbent if they know who you are and give them enough motivation.

One complaint I do have about you is that here, and in other blogs where I have read you, you like to play the devil’s advocate a bit too long, often until someone gets fed up and has to pin you down. If you came to the party, then dance, no one’s going to do your dancing for you; and if you are going to wait around like a wallflower and expect hosanna’s, you may as well go home.

By: Dave Askins Dave Askins Mon, 02 Aug 2010 00:31:16 +0000 Re:[21] “Suni has more contributors in Ward #1 than the incumbent.”

Actually, Sumi Kailasapathy show contributions from 29 different people, contrasted with incumbent Sandi Smith, who shows contributions from 46 donors.

By: DrData DrData Sun, 01 Aug 2010 23:45:48 +0000 Related to Vivienne’s comment about the usefulness of yard signs, I find the donor database interesting to look at.

Suni has more contributors in Ward #1 than the incumbent. In Ward #5, the challenger has very few contributors, especially once you subtract out the “slate” donations.

I think I make independent decisions, but in the old days of newspaper ads, the Vote for X with the supporters in small print were effective ads. These were similar to noticing which neighborhoods in a ward were supporting one candidate and which ones were supporting the other.

Of course, it is up to the voter to look at the candidates’ positions on issues, but taking the advice/lead from people you trust is not a bad start.

This is a long-winded way of saying that people will not be searching out Bean’s positions unless they’ve heard of him.

I think this is a year that folks are looking for an alternative so get some energy and follow through with your original intent.