Not long after I
got to her party, Jo Chamberlain began the speaking
section of the meeting. She got all of her volunteers to tell everybody
little about the section of the map they had signed up for, and what
had accomplished. As you can see from the maps on the wall with green
where volunteers had delivered literature, a very large percentage of
district 's homes had been visited by the team. Also, during much of
and October Jo was in the newspaper almost every day somewhere in the
district. It was really something. Not only did they do that, but
also sent postcards to everyone that had requested an absentee ballot.
shared a number of fine anecdotes from the campaign trail before
over the mike to a procession of others.
Jonathan Lundell talked about his run for School
Board in Half Moon
Guillermo Kuhl thanked the Green Party of Daly
City, and especially
Tom Dickerman, for visiting every door in the town on his behalf.
After all the people on the ballot
that were there had said a few words,
Jo asked people to tell some fun stories from the campaign trail. Gena
about how she had represented Peter Camejo at a junior leadership
in Berkeley. She had gotten up in front of the crowd and told them to
against death", since both Simon and Davis were in favor of the death
Camejo won the election following the debate, and that fact had made
news. I even heard it here in Mountain View.
Aaron Lipke was a volunteer from
Chicago that had crawled out of the
woodwork to help with the campaign. In introducing him, Jo told the
about the ten voters on the street with a graveyard that they hadn't
able to find for love or money. Aaron had looked at the graveyard,
at the list, and then wondered "How can there only be ten registered
in that whole graveyard?" For some reason I managed to forget the story
he told at the microphone, but not that one.
Pat Gray, the woman sitting to the
left of Fred and Lois Duperault,
didn't get up and make any prepared comments, but there is a rumor
around that she will probably be running for Congress in two years. It
that somebody has to take on Tom Lantos, who has been far too visible
his support for Bush's war policy for her taste. I heard about it when
Camejo explained that after the election we could recycle all those
GREEN NOT GRAY buttons by changing the the NOT into a VOTE.
Mary (the woman to the right of
Jo's opponent who won the election)
is the kind of volunteer that was always there for Jo. I remember going
to BART to give VOTE JO postcards to early morning commuters, and Mary
already there. Somewhere in the evening she talked about fighting the
wars along Highway 1, which went through her turf.
Mary Lyle, the woman to her right
in the red sweater, organized the
precinct walkers that covered San Mateo. She vastly preferred handing
Camejo fliers to the Statewide Slate Newspapers, because she felt the
The guy sitting on the floor in
the green tie-dyed T shirt is Arlan.
His big leadership role was probably organizing the San Mateo County
Party Booth for the San Mateo County Fair. It turned out fabulously
wining the "Best Industrial Booth" Award, with a nice plaque and some
free publicity. The only downside of the experience was that the guy
so hard that it put him in the hospital for a couple of days with
Most of the people in this picture
are students from Burlingame High
School. For their 12th grade government class, they were supposed to do
hours of volunteering for a political campaign. Some of them had tried
help the Republicans, but the Republican Party had told them to go
so they ended up helping Jo. I'm still surprised by the fact that
Political parties that want to last need to bring in young people.
I left Jo's party I came back down to Mountain View to find out how my
candidates for City Council were doing. Bruce Karney hosted a joint
with Matt Neely. Around 11 PM it became fairly evident to everyone who
watching the votes being counted that Matt had won his race and Bruce
lost his. This picture of Matt was taken while he thanked all his
for the hard work that put him on the City Council. I managed to miss
Speech, if he gave one. I'm sorry to report that I didn't make it to
Perry's victory party.