Monday, July 13, 2015

Mid-summer campaign update

Save Hoover’s early preparations for the September 8 school board election have gone very well. Our early focus was on fundraising to enable us to get our message out when the campaign is in full swing. We’ve now raised over $4000 for that purpose. More importantly, we’ve gotten donations from 75 households: that’s more than all but four of the ICCSD school board campaigns on record. Our median household donation is $30.

That kind of broad-based support—like the unexpectedly large turnout at the June 16 listening post about Hoover—sends a strong message to the school board that the community is still against closing schools.

Our goal is to help publicize the good arguments for reversing the closure, let voters know which candidates support keeping Hoover open, and get out the vote. The fundraising will help us achieve those goals—for example, through mailings and leafletting to contact supporters and likely voters.

Thank you to all the people who have donated and to all those who have helped and expressed support in other ways. Though we’ll continue our fundraising efforts, our focus will now start to shift to campaign advocacy. If you’d like to help as the election approaches—by contacting your friends, writing a letter to the editor, leafletting, working on Election Day, etc.—or if you’d just like to let us know your thoughts about the candidates and the campaign, we’d love to hear from you at

Anyone who would still like to make a donation can do so via the PayPal link in the sidebar or by sending a check made out to Save Hoover Committee, P.O. Box 1923, Iowa City, IA 52244. We welcome donations of any amount; the fact of your support is worth more than the dollar figure. We hope to raise $5000 by Election Day. Thanks for all your support!

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