I just sent the following message to all the candidates for which I have e-mail addresses. This is becoming my annual tradition of inviting candidates to come and play with us here on OP. I'm posting it here in the interest of yet more transparency.
and inivte you to participate in this online community of people interested in Orange County issues. (If you already know about OP, or even are a regular contributor (or a regular critic), please excuse the generic e-mail. I thought it would be most fair to send the exact same information to all the candidates regardless of their disposition to the site.)OrangePolitics
and county issues more engaging. Since 2003, we have shared breaking news, foisted both expert and novice opinions, live-blogged public meetings, hosted hot debates, influenced many a news story. Our specialty has been highlighting local problems that might otherwise be forgotten andand putting them on public agenda, but our primary goal is to get progressive Orange County residents to focus on local issues where they can really have an impact. You can learn more about OP at <http://orangepolitics.org/
and issues, so it's a great way to reach out to potential voters while also getting to know (and be known by) the influential activists, journalists, and community leaders who are often active on the site.
and your issues,and also help Orange County voters be better informed:
Create an account on the site at <http://orangepolitics.org/Participate!
user/> and start commenting. You can also post blog entries without moderation at <http://orangepolitics.org/ node/add/blog>, so you will have your own blog atorangepolitics.org/blog/your- name as well as a profile at orangepolitics.org/user/your- name. (Learn more at <http://orangepolitics.org/ news/why-should-i-register> and<http://orangepolitics.org/ news/how-do-i-get-my-post-on- the-front-page>.)
. Post calendar items at <http://orangepolitics.org/Add events
node/add/event>. The campaign season is so busy, and there is no comprehensive list of events where voters can meet and learn about the candidates. User-contributed events are displayed at <http://orangepolitics.org/ events>, and upcoming events are shown on the bottom of every page on the site.
. Add me to your media list. Many candidates send announcements to local reporters, local bloggers are interested too! We love to break news as soon it's available but will also respect any reasonable requests to embargo information for a limited time.Keep OP in the loop
This spring's gathering will be at 6pm on Friday, April 16th in downtown Chapel Hill (we are awaiting confirmation of the venue). It is being organized by students to help get their peers interested in local politics, but will also be attended by the regular activists and officials that frequent OP. (You can RSVP on OP: http://orangepolitics.org/Join us at our seasonal happy hour.
events/op-happy-hour-1 or on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/event. php?eid=115895288423811 or just show up!)
and your profiles on the site. This year I have a class of journalism students helping to cover the election, you may have seen them live-blogging candidate forums last month.
andtiring job it is, and campaigning is as difficult as serving! Please let me know if you have any questions about me or OrangePolitics. I look forward to seeing you on the site!