For the first time in my political career, my supporters and I raised over $1,000 this past weekend. This despite the fact that I spent the majority of Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday evening, doing five work (non-campaign) events, as well as the two Sunday campaign gatherings. The $1,000 amount may not seem much to Council candidates who have collected $1,000 or more from a single phone call. But for me, the support raised is more than the dollar value. It represents the donations of about 50 Portlanders, all sincerely commited to helping me win on May 15. And therefore likely 100 or 200 or 500 votes, based on the number of people these 50 super-active supporters will persuade to send in their ballot with my bubble filled in. As the Beatles sang, "Money can't buy me love". Or votes.
Thank you, Communications Workers of America Local 7901, and faithful supporters on Hayden Island, for your time, donations, and words of advice and wisdom. We are on a roll!
If you have been intending to send me $5, $50, or something in between, but haven't gotten around to it yet, please send in your contribution on line or by mail today. I hope to raise 1,000 donations by Thanksgiving, and to get there I need you to send in your contribution, then to ask all your friends and neighbors to join our growing list of contributors.