Photo of Keenan Pontoni by Hillary Meister
The Tuesday evening meeting at the Dunwoody Library was attended by about 50 people (rough estimate). The next meeting is June 28, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Dunwoody Library.
Former State Rep. Sally Harrell gave an update on the efforts to improve early voting locations in DeKalb for the Sixth District Congressional Run Off on June 20. She attended and spoke at both the 4/24 meeting of the DeKalb Board of Registration & Elections (BVRE) and 4/25 meeting of the DeKalb Board of Commissioners (BoC). As she has stated in other forums, the Elections Board has indicated that they have plans to expand the location and that citizens “will be pleased.” Sally requested that citizens continue to reach out to both the BVRE and BoC, Turnout in North DeKalb is critical for a win on Jun 20th!
Based on a statistical analysis also presented at the meeting, she encouraged everyone to request that early voting be available in both Chamblee and Tucker. Those locations will reduce the average distance from an early voting location to 3.0 miles, compared to the 5.1 avg achieved with the opening of Dunwoody and Memorial Drive. Memorial Drive will be open because that location must be open per statute. Also, please emphasize the importance of opening locations from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the week and the inclusion of at least one Saturday per location. Email the Election Board at firstname.lastname@example.org (Director Maxine Daniels). Find contact information here for the Board of Commissioners: https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/board-commissioners/contact-us. For your contacts with the Commissioners, please request that they fully fund the request of the BVRE.
Christine Triebsch, candidate for State Senate District 32, also spoke. She is in a runoff that will take place May 16. Her election would break the supermajority in the Georgia Senate! While she would not represent Chamblee, her election is very important. If you’d like to support her campaign either by volunteering or making a financial contribution, please visit her website.
Keenan Pontoni, Jon Ossoff‘s campaign manager, also spoke about volunteer activism and the positive impact on the campaign. The campaign plans to duplicate the same basic strategy. Donations continue to pour in, and the campaign had it’s largest single day of fundraising on the day after the election. Ossoff’s campaign was the largest congressional field effort ever, with over 250,000 door knocks in seven weeks. They are in a quiet period for canvassing and calling but will launch those efforts again about seven weeks prior to Jun 20. They continue to advertise and will do so through the runoff.
The super saturation took Ossoff from 3% to 90% name recognition. Expect massive amounts of attack ads from outside groups against him, but Jon plans to maintain a positive message. Pontoni asked that lawn signs be focused in yards and not public property (at least until right before election). He emphasized, “The most valuable yard sign is one in the yard of someone you respect.” There will be a volunteer appreciation and kick-off event on Saturday (see previous post). Key takeaway: Campaign will focus on direct voter contact and requests continued assistance by grassroots volunteers!
Funny tip shared by attendee whose yard sign was repeatedly stolen: Apply oil paint to edges of sign so that the thief’s hands will be covered in wet paint when they try to remove. For her, so far so good, her sign (with paint smudges from the latest attempt) remains in her yard!
Thank you to our Huntley Hills neighbors for this recap!