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Grassroots Involvement During Election Season

Posted By Trent Hightower, Tuesday, September 4, 2018

 

As we return from Labor Day weekend, election season is kicking into high gear. I recently attended the Texas Agriculture Council's summer meeting, where we were informed that 95 of Texas' 150 House seats and 13 of its 31 Senate seats are involved in contested elections. At the meeting, three candidates for the Texas House spoke about their campaigns, and it gave me some ideas for ways you can get some face-time in front of candidates in your area to spread TRWA's legislative message.

 

One candidate in particular, Cynthia Flores of Round Rock, mentioned that she holds weekly coffee discussions in the rural portion of her district near Taylor and Coupland focusing on issues that are important to constituents in that area. Water was one topic she called out by name, and for those of you in Central Texas these sessions would be a great way to meet a potential representative in a small, relaxed environment. Other candidates across the state hold similar conversations on a regular basis, so check the websites of your local candidates to find out where and when those are happening!


Candidates are also always looking for volunteers to help them canvas their district or talk to potential voters on the phone. Once you can identify yourself as a volunteer on their campaign you'll have an automatic "in" for an introduction at the candidate's next event. Whether your district is in a competitive race or considered to be relatively "safe" for one candidate, a little help on a campaign goes a long way when it comes to establishing a relationship.


Finally, as always, TRWA wants to hear from you about your efforts to get to know the candidates and office-holders in your area. If you're working on a campaign or attend a townhall or campaign event in your area, let me know so we can share your success with others and help you build on that contact. TRWA appreciates all your help!

 

My contact information: Trent.Hightower@TRWA.org | 512-472-8591

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