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DW: OK, lets return to your campaign, which to the volunteers I think felt like our campaign. Some thoughts?
Ellen Dillinger (activist artist) signing CSEA's women's month posters. Signed posters were given to volunteers. Ellen had created the art work for the poster. Katie Dokken , Ellen, Chris Bender CSEA.

CH: I came into the campaign with not a lot of people that really knew me. Even Bill Camp had never worked with me, nor had other key players in the campaign. I think that is unusual. To win you have to be strategic, and you have to plan a little better than we did in my campaign.

But I think we did a tremendous job. I don't have any bad feelings about running for office. It was a great experience.



Thursday morning roundtable. foreground, l to r. Howard Lawrence, Bill Camp, Ted Sheedy.

DW: And I think it was for all of us involved. A person felt good about it, it was a crusade for labor. It wasn't only you running, you represented all of us. Or as Bill Camp so often reminded us, your campaign represented all the working people in Sacramento.

There appeared to be lots of people involved. How did that happen?

CH: It was a combination of things. The central labor council's labor neighbor program provided union people that had worked on union campaigns so we understood the idea of getting people involved. Labor neighbor went directly to the union members-- we called every union member and visited every union household.

Larry Perkins (local 1000) describing how to get there. He had quickly learned his way around district one.

I don't really know what happens in a typical campaign but from what others have told me, a typical campaign doesn't have many volunteers. A candidate usually brings a few people with them from other associations, like neighborhood associations, or through endorsements from some groups that have volunteers.

But there is no entity out there that can equal labor's number of volunteers.

ACORN was also involved and they have grass roots organizing. So we had volunteers from groups that were experienced in grass roots organizing. Most people don't understand what grass roots organizing means.

DW: What does it mean?

CH: It means you have people that understand that they have to get other people involved. That is their job.
It means you come together and do things collectively.
It means when some one says they want to volunteer, you do the work to get them involved. You call them back-- you bring them in to the organization--you have goals.

Bill discussing precinct walking. On the right. Al Rojas (local 1000), his grandson, and friend.

You put in the effort to develop a plan to get people involved, one that reaches out to the community. You also develop a structure that manages your resources.

So when you need precincts walked or
people to come together for a packaging project, you know that people will be there.

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