September 13, 2005
Phase one of Brian Kelly's race for Mayor of Pontiac is coming to the end. Please help us move into phase two, The General Election.
The Primary is today and we need a few people to work the polls. There are only 15 locations, (28 precincts), and we are hoping to have most of them manned, especially during the evening hours. If you can volunteer, call Nathan Allen at (248) 891-3003.
Poll Worker Instructions:
· This is a non-partisan race. Please dress professionally and do not wear partisan clothing (party or issues).
· Pick up brochures, car signs, stick sign, and map at Washington Jr. High School, 710 Menominee Pontiac, MI (First street east off of Telegraph north of Voorheis) before starting and please drop off the leftover items after finishing your shift. Stuff will be available at Washington Jr. High School at 11:00am. Nathan Allen will be there providing literature. His cell phone is 248-891-3003.
· Park your car so it is at least 100 feet away from the poll entrance but still in the line of sight for people arriving to vote. Put campaign signs on the windshield, side windows, or on the roof (Sign “tents” will be available).
· You must stand at least 100 feet away from all entrances to the polling place. You can go inside the building for bathroom breaks or to see the number of voters as long as no campaigning occurs and you are not carrying any signs or visible literature.
· If a voter has a specific question have them call the candidate's cell phone. Brian Kelly, 248-860-7104
· Do not give out any information/literature unless requested, undecided voters will ask for a sample. People that are voting are technically not allowed to have campaign information visible.
· Important times to be at the polls are 11-2 PM and 4-8 PM. Please take breaks in between as needed.
· Bring a folding chair and a good book (be certain it is a non-controversial title) because voter turnout may be low during the day.
· Bring an umbrella and/or suntan lotion.
· Most importantly: Smile and be friendly. Some people will not be friendly to you because you are not supporting their candidate. People will ask where you live, what political party you belong to. Do not be drawn into a political/philosophical debate. Do not lecture the voters on the glories of our party VS the stupidity of the others. They a just baiting you! Arguing with anyone will be wasting your time and preventing you from talking to other voters. Simply say, “Thank you for coming out to vote today.”
Councilwoman Erin Stahl
20113 Avalon, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, 48080 (586)774-8181
Be the change that you want to see in the world. --M.K. Gandhi
(people, possibility, responsibility, and your word, shall be the guide)
There I was, at my St. Clair Shores Council meeting the day after, Labor Day. We were issuing a proclamation celebrating September 17-23rd as Constitution week. Only two days before, there was an article in the Macomb Daily regarding my council wanting to censure me. Why? Because I spoke out in another city, Eastpointe, in support of the councilman who was the lone vote against their Public Safety millage, just as I was the lone vote on SCS city council last year for our Police and Fire millage. I went to his meeting to show support. It wasn’t until he started being attacked, like I was a year ago, that I felt compelled to speak up.
Here’s a transcript of August 16, 2005:
(Heavy sigh at start of tape)
“I wasn’t going to speak at this meeting, but I’m Erin Stahl. I’m a Councilwoman in St. Clair Shores. I also was the only Council member out of 7 of us who was against our police and fire millage. Um, and I just wanted to point out here that this millage, and Councilman Collins knows exactly what he’s talking about, this millage is not about the character of people or their dedication. It’s not whether you live inside the City or out of the City while you work for the City. It’s not even about the quality of life. It’s about the funds going into the General Fund and being accounted for.
If you want, if it’s really truly need for police and fire or public safety, then you make it a dedicated millage so that it cannot be spent anywhere else. Um, and I wanted to point out one thing, that tax increases—you can shake your head—but if it’s truly needed, then you make it a dedicated millage. One lady had spoken about she didn’t want to scare anyone; she just wanted to state the facts. Well, you know what, a lot of what I’ve heard now is not really stating the facts. Again, the money goes into the General Fund. It can be used for anything.
And one of the neat little things that politicians love to do, that your residents should know about, is that tax increases go on the Primary for a reason – because there’s less people to vote on it. What I would suggest to your residents – demand to put a resolution across that no millages, no tax increases or millages, get put on a Primary, that they only be put on the General Election, where most of the voters vote. Again, thank you for your time.” [Applause from everyone in the room, even the majority that was for the millage]
Now, read the article: http://www.macombdaily.com/stories/090405/
I wonder what everyone is afraid of?
The results: At the end of our Study Session on August 29th, (before the article came out) the majority of my council 5 out of 7 respected my 1st Amendment rights yet they wanted to send a “damage control” letter to Eastpointe. It said that I was not speaking on behalf of all of council. So at Council meeting September 7th I thanked the Mayor and the majority of council for respecting my 1st Amendment rights on the same night we announced Constitution week. I will always speak up for others and for what I know is right especially knowing first hand how hard it is to stand against the political powers, unions, letters, and e-mails. Subsequently, that same night, there was also a motion at the Eastpointe Council meeting to censure Councilman Collins, which failed 3 to 2.
What I’d like everyone to take from this situation:
1) Don’t be afraid to speak out and stand up for what’s right—it’s exhilarating J
2) Every Libertarian and supporter in every city must work together to stop injustice. When an issue passes in one city it is easier to pass in another.
3) Libertarianism to me is not a Political Party, it is a way of life.
4) St. Clair Shores being the 19th most populated city in Michigan out of 300+, I am speaking out, making waves, and people are starting to take notice. But I cannot do it alone.
5) Use this online newsletter to let us all know what tax/millage issues and injustices you are facing. We can only learn from each other…yours or others failures and successes in each and every city.
6) Communication will stamp out injustice and stop the erosion of our rights, freedoms and Liberties.
Your Libertarian Councilwoman
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