Yesterday, voters in 30 jurisdictions across the Kansas City, Missouri metro area approved a common-sense sales taxes on recreational marijuana. Convergence is proud of the small part we played in these wins, serving as a consultant to Show Me Stronger Communities, a PAC that communicated the benefits of these taxes to voters in Independence, Missouri and across Jackson County.
Convergence created a campaign site, direct mail, and campaign literature for SMSC that highlighted the concrete benefits of marijuana sales taxes for the entire region and for individual municipalities, and employed imagery and language that addressed the concerns of voters who may not have supported Missouri’s vote to legalize recreational marijuana last year.
Congratulations Show Me Stronger Communities on this incredible win!
Last night, voters overwhelmingly rewarded a consensus-seeker with their votes for the Phoenix City Council, as longtime Phoenix Police officer, ASU instructor, and nonprofit leader Kevin Robinson won a seat on the Phoenix City Council representing South Phoenix.
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Well that was a strange year!
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As inflation rose to generational highs earlier this year, voters seemed poised to vent their anger at the “party in power” in DC. Many progressives (including me) feared the worst in November.
But the shock of the Dobbs decision in June spurred an awakening among progressives (and plenty of moderates too) that fundamental rights are at risk, and worth fighting for. That, along with Trump and his witches brew of malignant narcissism, “celebrity” candidates/sycophants, and conspiracy-addled extremists, proved to be the catalyst for broad general election successes for Democrats and progressive reformers.
Voters signaled their desire to turn the corner from three tumultuous years in American history. They expressed optimism and pragmatism, in contrast to the chaos and extremism the Trumpers represent(ed). It was a movement affirming the institutions of our democracy, and it was, in a word, encouraging!
At last night’s Pollies, awarded by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), Convergence was proud to win awards in two categories:
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Voters in Tucson overwhelmingly passed Prop 411 yesterday after a month of voting by mail. Convergence Targeted’s team was very proud to work alongside a broad coalition of elected officials, advocacy organizations, professional associations, and community leaders to support Prop 411, which will fund repairs and improvements to every neighborhood street in Tucson over the next ten years, without raising taxes.
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Convergence Targeted are proud to be winners at this year’s Reed Awards, hosted in Nashville. We won in three categories, representing our expertise in direct mail and digital advertising, and our history of innovation.
Best Digital Video – Mayoral, We created a short-form video for Otto Banks’ campaign for Mayor of Harrisburg, PA that worked across platforms, using dynamic text to reach voters who might have their sound turned off and using music and voiceover to reinforce the message on the screen for audiences on connected TVs or streaming video channels.
Our work in Kansas City helped us win the award for Most Innovative Tactic for Direct Mail. Using large-scale digital printing, Convergence created hundreds of combinations of endorsement logos, geography- and age-specific bullets, and even varying font sizes to communicate with voters across Kansas City about the benefits of the city’s earning’s tax, which was renewed with broad support.
Toughest Direct Mail Piece (Democrat) – We helped defeat an incumbent state legislator as part of a primary independent expenditure in Virginia in 2021, communicating with voters about the incumbent’s troubling ethical history, including his use of PPP funds for a business that wasn’t what it seemed. Our efforts helped elected Democratic Del. Irene Shin.
On Tuesday, May 3, Attorney Andra Hedrick defeated her two opponents in the Davidson County (Nashville, TN) Democratic Primary for Circuit Court Division 7. Andra’s victory was significant, receiving over 21,000 votes. With her victory in the Democratic Primary, she moves one step closer to becoming potentially the first woman to take the bench as Probate Judge in Nashville history.
Convergence was proud to provide digital advertising services for the Hedrick campaign during the Democratic Primary. We had the privilege of working with the wonderful Hedrick campaign team, and together we successfully communicated her experience and vision to Nashville voters.
In a decisive victory, San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney has won a special election for the California Assembly in District 17.
In both the special primary and runoff, Convergence created a direct mail plan for an independent expenditure supporting Haney to highlight his pro-housing record, in contrast with his main opponent, David Campos. Haney emerged as the top vote-getter after a competitive primary, and decisively won yesterday’s runoff election by 63%-37% (unofficial results).
We’re proud of our work on this IE for a pro-housing progressive and wish Assm.-Elect Haney the best in his new role!
Yesterday in Kansas City, MO, voters passed two ballot measures that will continue to invest city resources in public health, environmental protection, and infrastructure – a revenue bond issue for the city’s sewer utility and a renewal of the city’s health levy, which provides funding for public hospitals, nonprofit health centers, and EMT services across Kansas City. Convergence was gratified to serve as a strategic consultant and direct mail vendor for the effort to pass Questions 1 and 2, working alongside community stakeholders and the office of Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.
Jim Boyle, a small business owner and environmental scientist, won the special election in Maine last night to become the representative of House District 27, helping Maine Democrats maintain their majority in the State House.
Working on behalf of the Maine Democratic Party’s independent expenditure, Convergence created a direct mail and digital advertising campaign that focused on Jim’s readiness to take on this new role and raised the urgency for voting in this special election. Critically, our campaign focused on voter education and encouraged voters to use absentee and in-person absentee voting. These new voting methods were decisive in a competitive, three-way race. Congratulations Rep. Boyle on your win!