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!
Clients Also Victorious in SC, VA
Convergence clients had a strong Election Day on Tuesday. In Maine, Raegan LaRochelle won by a significant margin in the special election for House District 86 in Augusta. A top-tier race highlighted by the DLCC, HD 86 hadn’t been held by a Democrat in nearly a decade. Convergence created a multi-media campaign that combined direct mail and digital advertising highlighting LaRochelle’s background as the hometown small business owner and community leader ready to represent her community in the State House.
In South Carolina, Mayor Will Haynie was re-elected in the fast-growing town of Mount Pleasant. Mayor Haynie’s direct mail campaign highlighted the accomplishments of his first term, specifically targeted to different areas of the town of 95,000 residents.
Convergence also congratulates longtime client, Virginia Del. David Bulova. Del. Bulova is a fighter for education and played a major role in keeping Virginians safe during COVID-19 – work we highlighted in a direct mail program that helped drive his campaign to a convincing victory.
Congratulations to these candidates and to newly elected and re-elected Democrats and progressives across the country!
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.