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Doorbellers to aid Strickland

Post by David Seago on Oct. 10, 2007 at 5:39 pm with No Comments »
October 10, 2007 5:39 pm

With some local Democratic political heavyweights in her corner, Tacoma City Council candidate Marilyn Strickland is mounting a formidable campaign. Now she’s got a new weapon: out-of-town doorbellers.

Something called "The Washington Bus" will bring volunteers down from Seattle and environs to join local supporters in doorbelling Tacoma neighbhoods for Strickland.

The bus is the brainchild of an outfit called Progressive Majority, working this year to elect local-government candidates deemed "progressive." I think it goes without saying that these are all Democrats.

Plans call for volunteers to assemble at a local coffeeshop, fan out around the city and reassemble for a party featuring a Tacoma band called Ghost Runner at Third. Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg and Deputy County Executive Lyle Quasim will give pep talks.

An announcement said food and beer will be "available all day." Washington Bus organizers say they’re “working to get young folks excited about, and involved in, politics.”

Update: Let me clarify here. This item resulted from two different email announcements I received about the doorbelling effort this weekend – neither of them from the Strickland campaign. Neither of the messages emphasized beer and drinking. The line about food and beer being available “all day” did appear in one of the announcements, but I don’t think the implication was that beer-drinking and doorbelling would be occurring at the same time. For that reason, I’ve toned down the headline that originally appeared on this posting.

David Seago

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