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  •  Aren't there two challengers? n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, a2nite

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

    by anastasia p on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 10:09:32 PM PDT

    •  Only recent exploratory committee fm 2nd Dem (3+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, Sue B, Dodgerdog1

      Amardeep Kaleka,  who, as mentioned in my reason No. 9 in diary,

      is son of a Wisconsin Sikh temple leader who was among those slain last year by a white supremacist
      I hope Zerban can persuade Kaleka to join the Zerban campaign but, even it if turns into a contested primary, this
      can benefit Zerban by drawing attention to the district and to both Democratic candidates' names and positions.
      In choosing between the two of them in a contested primary, I would give great weight to my point 8:
      8.    Rob Zerban’s recent declaration of second try makes him one of the nation’s most important adopters of the following important strategy:

      Progressive challengers to House incumbents should run in at least two cycles, in which they use the first cycle to:

      (a)    Demonstrate commitment to locals before their district is perceived to be “in play” in the national ‘game’.

      (b)    Start uncovering and publicizing incumbent’s policies, backers, favors, distance from district and other weaknesses.

      (c)    Start building name recognition. (Incumbents’ familiarity edge takes more than one cycle to narrow).

      (d)    Start obtaining experience reaching the district’s voters, registrants and unregistered eligible voters. (Who, where and how to register and to turn out; Which issues resonate?)

      (e)    Start impressing voters, volunteers and financial contributors w/the candidate’s skills, work ethic, resilience and persistence.

      Rob Zerban has done all of these things, and now deserves to be rewarded for them.

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