Tag: RI Governor

Giroux for Governor Campaign first Spot


There you go – the clear choice for RI’s next governor. And I’m pretty sure you all know where I stand on the issue this is one of several posts I’ve written. 

Put it this way – all the other candidates give us platitudes. Todd Giroux is the only one who actually proposes solutions to the economic morass of Rhode Island. And the other candidates are starting to steal some of Giroux’s ideas. But he was there first and foremost with these proposals. 

And my usual disclaimer – I’m pretty integral with the campaign. Not only their I.T. and data work but I’m also an idea man and advisor to the campaign. 

What I did today

I had a meeting with candidate for Governor of Rhode Island Todd Giroux.

Showed them the power of data – for example was able to extract 18,000 plus email addresses out of the RI Voter Registration Database. And talked to them about the power behind mail merges, etc. Even to the point that Word has built in functionality to burst out the emails from a merge document these days.

Also talked to them about branding of a campaign – and how it can be done fairly inexpensively. He’s definitely the underdog – in past elections he’s gotten maybe 1% of the vote but here’s the thing – that one percent means that in a general election in the state of Rhode Island only 88,200 people voted, out of a total voting population of a few hundred thousand.

I did provide them with a few leads to grow a volunteer organization too. Plus I gave them those 18,000 emails – if only 5% respond positively that’s 900 more potential voters. And the response could be better than that too. We’ll see – as my email address is in the list. Always a good diagnostic test to see if the emails are actually getting out there.

But he wants to do direct mail and I can definitely help him there – crafting personal messages with salutations, first and last name etc. I almost hate to say it but you can do some pretty awesome things with nothing but Microsoft Office.

And I talked about branding – right now they’re using gmail addresses – and that’s ok for personal but if you really want to have it, a site with your campaign name on it and emails that match is much better.

Governor Chafee is not running for re-election

A little bit disappointed that he’s not running. But then I realized something – Governor Chafee has been a progressive Governor. From my perspective he signed marriage equality into law in Rhode Island. To me that’s a biggie.

They’re talking up Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Treasurer Gina Riamondo now.

I will say this – both have serious electoral liabilities. The Mayor with unions as he recently had to ask current union member and retired members to swallow drastic cuts in benefits. And Raimondo has played sort of fast and loose with finance in the state. Both of those are enough to dash their hopes.

Plus we’re still over a year out on the campaign. The campaign really doesn’t get into gear until about six months prior in Rhode Island. Next summer would be the time to really start counting the chickens.