Howard Dean thought of it first – the 50 state strategy, to unite progressives in action in every corner of the country. That’s why I was so excited to kick off our 16-county tour yesterday with Jim Dean, phone banking in Portland. We have seen what happens when we unite behind the call for change. Here in Maine, we have seen grassroots movements triumph at the ballot box when we legalized medical marijuana, restored same day voter registration and won marriage equality.
So what’s the most important thing you can do in the next four days to help us win? Phone bank. Where can you do it? Everywhere.
I will be traveling to Democratic headquarters in all 16 counties over the next four days to phone bank with volunteers to Get Out the Vote.
I was on maternity leave from my job at Emerge Maine, an organization that trains Democratic women to run for political office, when Shenna called to ask if we could meet. A few minutes into the conversation, she cut to the chase and said, “I want you to be my campaign manager.”
I laughed out loud. I was literally nursing my infant son at that moment. I also had an almost-two year old daughter who was in the middle of potty training. I told her that I just didn’t see how it would be possible to also run her campaign.
But Shenna told me she wanted her campaign to reflect her vision for how the world should look and how even campaigns should work. She said she didn’t want moms to be sidelined. She wanted people with skills to be able to use them as best they could and for those people to be able to participate in the process. And because of her vision, both for what her campaign would look like and what she wanted Maine and our country to look like, I made the decision to join her in this race.
Tonight is the second debate between Shenna Bellows and Republican Susan Collins, hosted by MPBN. The details for how you can watch are below. The Bellows for Senate campaign is also hosting debate watching parties around the state, with opportunities to volunteer at several of them. For any questions, contact Field Director Debbie Atwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 207-504-1918. We look forward to seeing you there!
Debate season is here! Republican Susan Collins refused to debate Shenna until just two weeks before Election Day, but we do have five debates scheduled over the next seven days. Be sure to watch on tv as all five debates are televised, and check back often to see how you can follow along via livestream otherwise. If you're on twitter, we encourage you to join in the conversation at #TeamShenna and #MEPolitics.