As we enter the 3rd quarter of our campaign, it comes with the very good news that our grassroots campaign is having a positive effect upon Cobb voters. Our internal data is showing that we are beginning to win this campaign! Among voters who have made their decision, we are tied with the Chairman countywide. In some areas, we are leading! Even better news, among the voters we have contacted in recent weeks, we are showing an upward trend – every day, as many as 40% of the people we speak to are saying “I like Mike!” and joining the team. Since we have made nearly 25,000 calls, there is real excitement!

However, there are still many undecided voters. By our estimates, about 4 in 10 voters still haven’t made up their mind, but our grassroots effort is perfectly poised to address this block of voters. Moreover, our message of committing to an open and transparent government resonates with the voters. The dominant issue when we talk with people is that they resent how the deal for the Braves stadium was forced upon them with little opportunity for the community to express its opinion. The voters are mystified as to why they could vote on two $40 million park bonds but had no voice in a $350 million stadium deal.

Positive name recognition is essential in winning this campaign, and that is where we have the most room to grow. Therefore, speaking with voters directly is our top priority. We know that we still have a long road in front of us. But, as you can tell from the picture of the meter that displays the results of our grassroots effort, we have an army of committed and passionate volunteers to carry the ball across the goal line. It’s been a long road thus far, and we’re almost home. Now is the time to tell ourselves that an extra hour each week is the difference between victory and a new platform of transparency in our government.

Early voting starts in one month and the primary is less than 50 days away. We need to remain focused on efforts to get out the vote. While we still need funding, equally important is our need for volunteers to canvass, make telephone calls, and staff the Victory Center. Volunteer and donate today at www.likemike4cobb.com and become part of a winning team.

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