The Bus goes 2 for 2 in the ol’ primary
So, quick & cool news. After doing nearly 8,000 doors in the primary, BOTH of the Bus’s target campaigns won. 2 for 2! 2 for 2!
Oregon’s great moderate Republican Bob Jenson survived hyper-conservative challengers in Eastern Oregon. Big news for voter access & tuition equity. Thanks to Shana, Hillary, Elliot (both of ‘em), McKenna, Nick, Scotty, Pete, JP, Scott and Matt for knocking so many damn doors in Pendleton.
David Douglas is getting a new school bond - the children of East Portland will be getting new textbooks, upgraded school buildings and will stop drinking brown water out of their water fountains. Thanks SO DANG MUCH to the Bus volunteers who helped make that happen.
There’s a bunch more work to do. But today, feel good. Oregon is better off than it was yesterday, and you helped make that happen. You kick ass. The Bus loves you.
Organizing and Political Director / Organize-Czar
Bus volunteers & organizers have done SO DANG MUCH this primary election, it’s almost like they have a limitless bag of tricks (like Mary Poppins, get it?).
This primary, we set our peepers on two small-but-scrappy elections that matter a whole heckuva lot to Oregon’s next generation.
Boosting Bob Jenson (R – Pendleton)
For the first week of voting, the Bus Trips team & a hardcore crew of volunteers from across the state took to Eastern Oregon to support Bob Jenson, Oregon’s great moderate Republican - champion of voter access, sponsor of Tuition Equity and paragon of economic fairness and innovation. In just five days, the team visited ONE THIRD OF ALL likely Republican primary voters, including ALL of Pendleton (1,744 doors in all). Boom.
Doors for David Douglas Schools
And all the while, Bus volunteers were kicking tail for the David Douglas School Bond. With one of Oregon’s most diverse & underserved school districts facing huge cuts (and unsafe buildings and drinking fountains producing brown water), volunteers ponied up a spit-ton of time asking the people of East Portland to vote to raise money for, ya know, the kids. All told, they visited 6,185 David Douglas households - over a thousand more than voted in the last primary election (4,899).
Here’s a picture of one of the Trips, because it’s pretty.
We’ll see how it all turns out tonight. But here’s what we know already: Bus volunteers are glorious. They infused quiet-but-critical campaigns with over 650 volunteer hours that they deeply needed. And that is just A.W.E.S.O.M.E.
Bus volunteers are the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down. In a most delightful way. #poppins #chimneysweep #dickvandyke
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