I attended a Hollywood Democratic Club meeting last night, which is unusual for me because I live at the other corner of the county, in Coral Springs. But I had some other business down there and asked to have a minute in their program to talk about BlueBroward.org.
My basic pitch was that BlueBroward.org is set up to connect candidates with volunteers who can elect them, and in order to do that, I need to have both candidates and volunteers be aware of the site and, ideally, register with it.
Signing up for our campaign listings ought to be a simple decision for candidates, I’d think, because I’m offering them free advertising. But trying to give something away for free can be tough, maybe because it makes people suspicious. I keep trying.
I ran into Christian Chiari, a Democrat who is running for Florida House District 91, who told me he had hesitated to post a listing because he felt his own campaign Web site wasn’t very polished yet.
So maybe there’s some confusion about this — candidates don’t necessarily have to have a fancy Web site to take advantage of the BlueBroward.org campaign listings. If you provide a link to your own Web site, great, people can go there to find out more about you. If not, you can still post a few paragraphs about your candidacy and some contact information to BlueBroward.org, and hopefully we can steer some help your way. With luck, we’ll get a few people to click on that red-white-and-blue Join Campaign button and send you their BlueBroward.org profile (which is how the system is supposed to work).
It’s meant to be a no-lose proposition.
Since I mentioned Mr. Chiari, let me put in a plug for him as a hard working candidate whom I’ve seen at every Democratic event I’ve attended lately. He’s also working hard for Ron Klein, one of our great Congressional candidates.
Christian can be reached at (954)803-4844 or firstname.lastname@example.org