The fundamental building block of our campaign is the neighborhood team. Inspired by tried-and-true organizing techniques used by successful campaigns of recent decades, we will convert volunteer enthusiasm into electoral impact by organizing volunteers into a statewide network of small teams of 5-15 members.
Our goal is to form 50 neighborhood teams by the end of August, and to prepare these teams to engage in meaningful voter contact (i.e. registration drives, phone-banking, door-to-door canvassing, and other effective forms of voter contact). We will form these teams in any locality in which there are work-ready volunteers who believe in the mission of electing candidates who support strong schools and healthcare for working families.
In order to achieve the long-term goal of building as many strong teams as possible, we have developed a short-term strategy of holding inspiring public events that will provide our newly formed teams with occasions for organizing and team-building. First, we officially launched our campaign at the Panida Theater in downtown Sandpoint on July 20th. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Idaho native Marilynne Robinson spoke about the value of public education and the funding crisis facing Idaho schools.
Our second summer initiative was to spend the first weeks of August driving across Idaho from town to town in a “Medicaid Mobile”—a camper refashioned as a mobile petition calling for the preservation and expansion of Idaho’s Medicaid program. Our event with Marilynne Robinson and the Medicaid Mobile tour served as occasions to organize neighborhood teams across the state. We are currently developing a statewide plan to engage volunteers in the work of winning elections, which includes a petition initiative to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot in November 2018.
Please visit www.MedicaidForIdaho.org to learn more about our ballot initiative, and stay tuned for updates!