As we enter the fourth and final quarter of our campaign, scoring the winning touchdown is clearly within our means. What seemed 15 months ago like an impossible dream of unseating a well-funded incumbent is looming as a disconcerting reality to the moneyed interests behind him. All our efforts during the cold days of January and February are bearing fruit as shown by the steady receipt of contributions, requests for yard signs, and registration of volunteers. Our team of volunteers have been hearing wonderful words of encouragement and support on their telephone calls and canvassing with the voters at their doors. The recent endorsement by the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police for our campaign shows that our officers understand and are confident in my commitment to making them the best trained, equipped, led, and paid police in Georgia.

Our message that the people of Cobb who were allowed to vote on two $40 million park bonds should have also been allowed to vote on a $350 million stadium bond resonates with almost everyone with whom we have spoken. Voters understand that my promise to lead an open and transparent government based on trust and integrity will ensure that there will be no more secret deals using our tax money.

I am truly inspired by the truly impressive efforts of our team in contacting voters. But we cannot let up! We continue to need your help with donations and volunteering in our Get Out The Vote effort leading up to the Primary which is a mere 2 weeks away. The winds of change are in the air. I am asking you to become part of making history in Cobb County in showing that the power of government resides in the voices of the people through their votes. It is a power that cannot be bought but earned. Together I know and am confident we can do this!!

Mike

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.

The Marietta Daily Journal on Sunday published an editorial encouraging passage of and signing by the governor of State Senator Lindsey Tippins’ bill that requires voter input on large transit projects. In Senator Tippins’ own words, “To make the argument that an elected group of commissioners could obligate the finances of a county for 75 years without voter input and huge amounts of money is illogical to me.” The MDJ seemed to endorse heartily this position by noting that “(a)llowing the voters to decide the way to spend their hard-earned money is never wrong.”

In my view, there is clearly and finally an awakening (if not an outright alignment) with our campaign’s position that no public project paid for by general obligation or revenue bonds of more than $20 million should be approved by the Board of Commissioners without a referendum.

If you are still sitting on the sidelines waiting to see if our campaign has what it takes to win, the counter in this message reflecting the activity of our team and the news above, should encourage you to wait no longer. I mentioned last month that our campaign resembles a football game with four quarters. As we enter our second quarter, we now know that we no longer have the field to ourselves. But we have been playing 2 months longer than any other candidate and the efforts of our volunteers have brought exposure and name recognition that is priceless.

We shall still be canvassing and making telephone calls for the foreseeable future. Moreover, there are several forums planned in late March and throughout April. Watch this site for dates and locations of those events. Finally, we are planning to march in the Big Shanty Festival Parade on Saturday, 16 April. This is always a fun event.

Volunteer and we’ll find a place to use your skills. Contributions are important to pay for our single salaried staff member. Join in the fun. Volunteer and donate today.

Mike