Get Out the Vote

It’s been great to hear how many people have voted already, and I’m excited at the level of support I’m receiving for my candidacy.  It seems like there’s a lot more energy around this year’s election than there has been in quite a long time;  USPA HQ confirms that there’s a record number of candidates this year.  There’s certainly been a lot of talk on dropzone.com, Facebook, and other online forums.  I have heard rumors of candidates setting up shop at various dropzones to get out the vote.  This is all extremely exciting and good for the process!

Now that PDF ballots are available, I plan to have a stack with me every time I head out to the dropzone or any other gathering of skydivers.  With 10% voter turnout in a typical year, I can’t help but think part of that is due to apathy or forgetfulness.  I figure the least I can do is make it easy for people to vote for me.   I’d like to encourage those who are supporting my candidacy – and who want to see some real change on the board – to do the same.  Don’t just vote (although that’s the first and most important thing to do), but help others to see why voting is important.  Talk to them about the candidates and your thoughts on them.  Encourage them to read all of the candidate statements on the USPA web site (or in Parachutist – it’s the same info).  Remind your friends and fellow skydivers that the USPA board represents them.

As I like to say, USPA is not them.  USPA is us.  Let’s make it happen!

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