Democratic Municipal Officials Digest
Week of 6/15/2020
- Want to build the movement for water security? DMO now has a sample op-ed for you to publish in your local paper.
Ideas for Cities
- Unarmed professionals will now respond to non-criminal police calls in San Francisco to reduce ‘police confrontations’
News for Democrats
- Chaos In Primary Elections Raises Fears For November – Between COVID and intentional suppression efforts, Democrats need to be working now to protect the vote in November.
DMO Political Council Advice
Telephone Town Halls: Safely Interacting with Constituents and Voters at Scale
As our country continues to adjust to life under Covid-19—coupled with nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd and racism in America— telephone town halls are an ideal tool to help elected leaders and candidates at all levels safely and conveniently communicate with constituents and voters at scale. Telephone town halls, essentially, are your own “radio call-in show,” controlled and moderated by you and your team. In the era of video conferencing, we’ve added a video livestream option to our traditional town halls, which place out-bound calls to a landline universe.
With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, Winning Connections-hosted telephone town halls are helping Democratic leaders engage in interactive conversations with constituents and voters at a time when in-person meetings are limited, if not impossible. The public is filled with uncertainty, and there is no better way to address their concerns and keep people informed than through live, interactive town halls.
During this period of social distancing and public wariness about “returning to normal,” we have seen an enormous surge in telephone town hall participation rates. And like the New York Times reported in April with the story “Surprising Poll Results: People Are Now Happy to Pick Up the Phone,” this isn’t a fluke. We are having longer conversations with more engaged voters who desire real conversations about the issues.
Winning Connections has facilitated telephone town halls this year for governors, mayors, U.S. senators, interest groups, and candidates. At this year’s Campaigns & Elections Reed Awards, Winning Connections took home the award for “Best Telephone Town Hall” for a town hall we ran for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan which featured Governor Gretchen Whitmer. If you’d like to learn more, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 209-3940.
Mark Schauer is a former Battle Creek (MI) City Commissioner, MI state Representative and Senate Minority Leader, Member of Congress (MI-07), and 2014 Democratic nominee for Governor.