It's local political junk mail time again my friends!
And -- drum roll please -- here is the Tally of Contact my home has received from the campaigns via regular mail and phone calls.
(I'm not including e-mails because I don't think we want our candidates contacting us this way less we all get death-by-spam from every government official in the state. But, if I were a candidate, I'd sure as heck be trying to e-mail you guys.)
43rd Ward Aldermanic (Drumrolland big echoey voice again, please) TALLY OF CONTACT
Vi Daley: 3 Mailings
Notes: These feature her "Vi" logo and revolve around themes of commitment to the ward, holding the line on property taxes, and protecting seniors and retirees.
[Has anyone else noticed that our aldermen are getting logos? I think Walter Burnett has one, too. In Vi's, the left side of the V sweeps around her name kind of like an @ sign. Maybe I should do that with my name. . . ]
Tim Egan: 1 Brochure Delivered to my Front Door
Notes: "Vote Tim In" is the slogan, and yours truly was gratified to see a photo of Tim helping out at the North Avenue Beach Clean-up earlier this summer. (See post here.) [For the record, Vi Daley and her staff attended that day, too. So, bonus points all around for those of you keeping score at home.] Tim also emphasized that he'll take "positive actions" and create a "rational commonground."
Michele Smith: 1 Phone Call and 1 Mailing
Well, unfortunately, when the phone rang I was in the middle of dinner with one screaming toddler refusing her soup, a six-year-old asking for a cup of juice, and a dog whining at the back door.
Why I answered in the midst of all that, I'll never know. It was a very sincere young woman calling named Melissa, and she asked if she could tell me why she had volunteered for Michele Smith.
Now, of course, I'm the type who actually did want to talk with Melissa. But I had two choices: avoid Melissa or have a Mommy meltdown. You know which one I chose, but I'm sorry I didn't talk with her that night.
A couple of days later, she sent me a campaign flyer with a hand-written note that included, "We in the 43rd ward deserve an alderman that listens to her constituents and will let their voices be heard in City Hall." She also invited me to Smith's website.
I have not received anything yet from Zelchenko or Goodstein. Although, Zelchenko does have a PDF of his flyer on his website, but you have to be a highly motivated voter to track it down. I'm pretty motivated, so I hope to get to it soon.