Irene Shin Defeats Incumbent For Democratic Nomination for Virginia’s 86th House District

Irene Shin, a proud progressive with a background in defending voting rights, became the Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 86th House of Delegates district last week, defeating an incumbent in a competitive race.

Convergence created direct mail and digital advertising for an independent expenditure in this race, highlighting Shin’s record and vision and addressing the problematic voting record and other controversial issues associated with the incumbent. We’re proud of the role we played in this election, and congratulate Irene Shin on becoming the Democratic nominee for this district in November.



Job Posting: Client Director, Southern California

Convergence Targeted Communications is seeking a progressive/Democratic political operative for full-time employment as Client Director, Southern California. The position would be based in Southern California and report to the firm’s Vice President and President.

About the company: Convergence is a boutique strategic communications consultancy based in Washington, DC, focused on electoral politics. We create and produce targeted communications (including but not limited to direct mail and digital advertising) for political campaigns and forward-thinking causes and coalitions. We’re proud that our client base encompasses a full spectrum of reform-oriented progressive/Democratic Party vision, as does our corporate and nonprofit/advocacy work.

We’re a small company with big reach – our clients have ranged from candidates for City Council to President, and we’ve worked in 40 states (so far). For a boutique DC-based firm, we have extensive experience in California, working on legislative and municipal candidate campaigns/IE’s, from Humboldt to San Diego and many places in between.

About the job: We’re hiring an proactive staff member to help with every facet of our business. In partnership with Convergence’s President, you’ll identify and cultivate new business opportunities in Southern California. You’ll interface directly with clients and help define campaign and targeted communications strategy. You’ll work on nearly every phase of the communications process, from determining the right audience for our messages to drafting communications, working with our design team and clients to edit and produce top-notch, error-free work.

At a larger firm, you might work in one particular ‘silo,’ but at Convergence, you’ll have the opportunity to do a bit of everything, while enjoying a laid back (though still professional) working environment and a “bureaucracy-free zone” that you won’t find at larger firms.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Commission on business generated and a performance and profitability-based bonus are also part of the package. Convergence provides 100% reimbursement for health insurance, and reimbursement for reasonable, pre-approved business development expenses.

About you: You have experience in politics, either on campaigns or in political communications. You’re passionate about results-oriented politics; you’re progressive, but not dogmatic. You’re self-motivated, responsible, honest and accountable for your work. You’re a business-developer and don’t require daily in-person supervision. You want to do good while doing well, and you don’t mind working odd hours (only) when necessary. Ideally, you have some experience with social media, design, or with political or traditional marketing writing.

You “know people” in politics. An important part of your role will be business development. Working with the President, you will identify and pitch new business opportunities in Southern California, including but not limited to candidate campaigns, independent expenditures, local and regional ballot measures, advocacy and/or corporate/public affairs work. As our “ambassador” in the region, you’ll be expected to network among the political community to generate and secure new business opportunities.

Qualifications:

  • At least 3-4 years of professional experience in communications or political campaigns
  • Established political contacts/network in Southern California that can be cultivated for new business development
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Record of attention to detail in an occasionally stressful environment

If you have experience with any of the following, please let us know: Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, Photoshop, or Illustrator; Votebuilder/Targetsmartvan; Nationbuilder; PDI; Labels and Lists (L2); any database software; Facebook Business Manager.

How to apply: Email a resume and a writing sample to socaldirector@convergencetargeted.com. That writing sample can be a cover letter, short published or unpublished work, or anything that demonstrates your ability to clearly express yourself in short form.

Convergence Targeted Communications is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained staff. Women, people of color, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Chattanooga’s Next Mayor, Tim Kelly

On Tuesday, a diverse group of Chattanooga voters came out strong for Tim Kelly during the city’s mayoral runoff election. Tim Kelly defeated Kim White by a commanding 60-40 margin. Kelly and White are newcomers to the local Chattanooga political world as the current Mayor Andy Berke is termed out. The general election was tough for all the candidates, White securing enough votes to force a runoff, the first Mayoral runoff in Chattanooga since 2005.

Convergence was proud to provide direct mail services for the Kelly campaign during the runoff. We had the privilege of working with the wonderful Kelly campaign team, and together we successfully communicated both policy and Kelly’s “One Chattanooga” unity message to Chattanoogans far and wide.

Kelly’s success in Tuesday’s election adds to our long history of successful Mayoral elections, including Mayor Kate Gallego – Phoenix, AZ, Mayor Gavin Buckley – Annapolis, MD, Mayor Quinton Lucas – Kansas City, MO, and Mayor John Tecklenburg – Charleston, SC.

Dr. Akilah Weber avoids a runoff election, wins a special election for the California Assembly outright

On Tuesday, voters in California’s 79th Assembly District chose Dr. Akilah Weber to serve as their representative in Sacramento, giving her 52% of the vote in a five-candidate field. Convergence was proud to serve as the direct mail consultant for the only significant independent expenditure in the race. Our direct mail communicated Dr. Weber’s experience as a health care professional and physician, and her plans to address COVID-19 recovery directly.

Congratulations to Dr. Weber!

Job Posting: Senior Strategist

Convergence Targeted Communications is seeking a Senior Strategist for full-time employment through the 2022 election cycle, preferably in their Washington, DC office. The Senior Strategist reports to the Vice President.

About the company: Convergence Targeted Communications is a boutique strategic communications consultancy based in Washington, DC, focused on electoral politics. We create and produce targeted communications (including but not limited to direct mail and digital advertising) for political campaigns and forward-thinking causes and coalitions. We’re proud that our client base encompasses a full spectrum of progressive/Democratic thought, and of our corporate and nonprofit/advocacy work.

We’re a small company with big reach – our clients have ranged from candidates for City Council to President, and we’ve worked in over 40 states (so far).

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Kansas City voters overwhelmingly vote to renew the 1% earnings tax

On Tuesday, Kansas City voters overwhelmingly voted to protect a vital source of funding for city services, voting to renew the city’s one percent earnings tax by a 77-23 margin, a top priority for Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, another Convergence client.

Convergence was proud to serve as the general consultant on the renewal effort, as well as providing direct mail services. Working with a coalition of community groups, business groups, faith leaders, unions, elected officials, and first responders, we communicated the earnings tax’s value in a difficult financial environment.

We were fortunate to work with a great campaign team, and were gratified by the result!

Lucky Number Seven

This cold Presidents’ Day weekend marks Convergence’s 7th birthday. We made it to second grade! Alas, school is virtual for the time being. But I want to thank you, our political playground pals, for helping us get this far. We can’t wait to trade fruit roll-ups and Doritos again as soon as public health allows.

Here’s hoping seven is a lucky number for all of us this year!

PS — Isn’t it nice to have a Presidents’ Day without having to read nauseating tweets from the President congratulating himself for being such a great President?  #Refreshing! 

Note from Chris – Silver Linings and Lemonade

Friend, What can be said about 2020 that hasn’t already been declared, muttered, cursed, or screamed by all of us multiple times this year? As a group exercise that doesn’t require Zoom, I invite you to verbalize your favorite/least favorite 2020-ism at this point …

Now that we got that off our chests, we at Convergence would like to express our sincere gratitude to our clients and friends who helped make lemonade out of lemons this year.    You know it’s a strange political year when one of the most important actions in the history of our democracy since 1776 — defeating Donald Trump — seemed like a “meh” moment for some. And yes, there is much to “unpack” (another 2020-ism) about why there weren’t more victories this time. I tend to look for silver linings in political clouds, because if you don’t, then what the hell are you doing in this business? So here are a few I found, both personally and professionally, in the mire of this mostly-awful year:  

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CTC ready to flip two of the most competitive State Senate seats in the south with two incredible women

After two hard-fought primary contests, CTC clients Mayor Heidi Campbell and Nikki Merritt are now the Democratic nominees in two of the most flippable State Senate districts in the south.

Primary mail to an expanded primary audience

Heidi entered the race in February at a significant disadvantage to her opponent, who had been campaigning for over a year. Her campaign was run almost exclusively during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Convergence was a key partner in shifting our strategy to meet the moment at hand. From advising COVID-specific methods of voter engagement early on in the pandemic to adjusting our targeting to meet increases in voter turnout and the shifting methods of voting, we built a campaign that met the voters where they were at a challenging time in our history.

Runoff mail for Nikki Merritt

Nikki Merritt’s campaign had to pivot hard once COVID-19 became a reality in our race. Nikki had a robust field program already working in preparation for the primary election, and we had to adjust our plans for voter contact to take door-to-door contact off the table. Nikki’s team stayed nimble and was able to outwork her opponents, coming just shy of winning her three-way primary outright on June 19 and trouncing her runoff opponent, winning close to 66% of the vote.

We’re looking forward to continuing to work with these incredible candidates and their talented teams to flip these seats in November!