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Vote Smarter. Vote Carter.

March 14th, 2009 (08:22 pm)

current mood: mellow

I volunteered this afternoon, working the phones for Mimi Carter, a friend, neighbor, and fellow PTA mom who is running in the upcoming election for Alexandria School Board.

I've worked on political campaigns before, most notably for President Obama in the last year. (It still gives me a thrill to write that. "President Obama"!) But I'd never worked a phone bank before. In fact, I hate calling people I don't know to ask them for something, even if all we were asking for today was their vote -- or at least their open-mindedness about learning more. And yes, I do admit it: I was most comfortable when I had to leave an answering machine message! Still, improving the schools is arguably the most important challenge we face in Alexandria, and Mimi is such a strong candidate that I feel I should help her campaign any way I can, even if it means a little personal discomfort.
Besides, she served brownies.

Local elections don't get the average voter as excited as the big, sexy presidential campaigns. But they have a lot more potential to affect the average voter's life in a direct and tangible way. So if you live here in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, and you're in School Board District A, please get to the polls on May 5. And when you do, I highly recommend that you vote for Mimi.

Mimi Carter is smart, hard-working, and full of ideas -- one of those people who just knows how to get things done. She's a longtime Alexandria resident who has two children in the school system. She's a past-president of the PTA at Mount Vernon Community School. And I just learned today that she's even written a book on early childhood education. (Certainly all of my writer friends who read this blog will consider that a plus.) Mimi has also been endorsed by our state delegate, David Englin, another neighborhood resident.

For more information about Mimi's candidacy, check out her website, mimicarter.org. If you're not sure if you live in District A, just visit her website and click on the "VOTING ON MAY 5" link at the top of the page, for a list of neighborhoods in the district.


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 15th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)

Cathy you sure you shouldnt run for office....Id vote for ya! If I could!
Yay on the brownies!
---Cindy (cyncyn)

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: March 15th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)

Awww, shucks. Thanks, but I can't imagine myself running for elective office. I think I'd be better as the brains behind a candidate's campaign. Or, at least, the worker bee who eats the brownies.

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