Vote Nevada Supporters,
The 2022 election cycle officially ended Tuesday with Georgia’s runoff election and Senator Raphael Warnock’s re-election. Senator Warnock’s campaign manager emphasized their campaign strategy of reaching out to Democrats, Independents, swing voters, and moderate Republican voters as the key to their win.
This second high-profile runoff election in two years has raised concerns among Georgians, including Senator Warnock, who is quoted here: https://georgiarecorder.com/2022/12/08/senate-runoff-fatigue-renews-debate-over-runoff-process-in-georgia/
Senator Warnock’s campaign strategy was very similar to Alaska Congresswoman Mary Peltola’s. The Congresswoman’s campaign manager is a former CSN Student, Anton McParland (I know, small world!), so I’ve been messaging with him since she won to find out how they were able to run so successfully against two well-known Republican candidates. Again, the key was the Congresswoman’s campaign team also focusing on reaching out to every voter and rejecting negative messaging.
Because Alaska adopted a top 4 open primary system, there are now more candidates running, so more opportunities for Gen Z and Millennial Alaskans to participate in campaigns including as managers. So, Anton is mentoring Gen Z volunteers who would like to manage a campaign one day.
Anton will be joining me on Zoom on Monday, December 12th at 1:00 pm to chat about Congresswoman Mary Peltola’s campaign and opportunities for younger civic engagers to play meaningful roles in shaping campaign messaging. If you are interested in participating in this discussion, you can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Anton-McParland-Meeting
This chat will be recorded.
I am also in contact with Congresswoman Peltola’s office to see if we can do a Zoom meeting with the Congresswoman to talk about her historic election as Alaska’s first Native American member of Congress. As soon as we find a day and time that works for her, I will let everyone know.
January is just around the corner, so our legislative session will be here in no time. That means it’s time for our Legislative Advocacy Training workshop. Our legislature has one of the best websites nationally that provides many, many tools for direct engagement. From the live streaming page to bill tracking, to committee hearing recordings, the website has everything you need to be a fully engaged civic citizen.
The Legislative Advocacy Training Workshop is Saturday, January 7, 2023, from 9 to 10 am, via Zoom. You can RSVP here:
The workshop will be recorded.
Two bills Vote Nevada will be tracking and working to pass in 2023 are AB37 and AB69. AB37 creates a behavioral health workforce development center https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/82nd2023/Bill/9566/Overview.
And AB69 expands the student loan forgiveness program to higher education faculty who teach in behavioral health programs and to behavioral health providers who treat students in schools https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/82nd2023/Bill/9625/Overview.
If you have some time now that we aren’t glued to an election results website, you might want to read a new blog from Elko resident Scott Gavorsky: The Rurals of Nevada https://ruralsofnevada.substack.com/
Scott is doing some deep dives on newly released Census data to show that Nevada has three distinct rural areas, all with their own character. I spoke with Scott, and he agreed to join us on January 12th, from 6 to 7 pm, via Zoom to chat about how he uses Census data to learn more about Nevadans across the state. If you would like to attend, RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Using-Census-Data
The chat will be recorded.
Lastly, The National Constitution Center is offering a virtual Bill of Rights Tour on Wednesday, December 14th at 9 am or Friday, December 16th at 10 am. You can RSVP for the 14th here https://constitutioncenter.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LNinBOEfR6m14l4blJ5cQQ or you can RSVP for the 16th here https://constitutioncenter.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QlsHX2ZnQN2sOLyp2DZN4Q
Thank you for being Nevadans with me,
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