Strong Progressive Values

Our second mailer is on the way to voters this week.  Here’s a preview (it’s printed on brown recycled paper so you won’t get the full effect here):

Strong Progressive Values mailer

I’m proud of my progressive values and my experience fighting for them.  As a member of City Council, I will protect the environment and stand up for the most vulnerable members of our community.

Leadership that Listens

Image of mailer #1, "Leadership that Listens"Mailer #1 is out the door! It should arrive in the mailbox around Friday. Check it out! I think the designer did a great job.

The center of my campaign is talking to people directly; that’s why I’m knocking on doors 6 nights per week. But not everyone is home, so the mail is a big way for me to reach others.

But it’s expensive. Why not donate now and help keep the campaign going strong?

Local environmental issues

The Sierra Club sent city council candidates a questionnaire asking about personal experience and positions on various environmental issues.

The questions were thoughtful and I thought voters might be interested in my responses, so I’m sharing my answers.  I live my environmentalism every day and I’m proud to campaign on my record and stances on the environmental issues that affect our community.

If you have questions about my responses, drop me a line.

Fundraiser and Meet The Candidate Event July 12

Come share some food and drink and meet with Chuck Warpehoski, Democratic candidate for Ann Arbor’s 5th Ward and help him reach out to voters for the August 7 primary.

When: Thursday, July 12, 5-7 p.m.

Where:  Vie Fitness, 209 South Ashley Street,  Ann Arbor, MI 48104

How Much:         Suggested donation $35, $100 for host committee

RSVP to info@voteforchuck.org, 734-972-8304

Donate at the event, online, or by mail to Committee to Elect Chuck Warpehoski, 2020 Winewood, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Host Committee (in formation):
Mike Garfield, Leah Gunn, Carsten Hohnke, Jeff Irwin, Roger Kerson, Yousef Rabhi, Laura Rubin & John Lofy

New Brochure is here

Brochure page 1The new campaign brochure arrived from the printer Monday, and I’m excited. Take a look.

Since the campaign started I’ve knocked on about a thousand doors with just home-printed “quick lit.” After all, why wait for printers and designers before talking to voters, right?

Still, it feels very good to  have professionally-printed materials in hand. Not only do they look better, but the ink on these won’t smear if they get wet from a July rain or from sweat in a 95-degree day.

You don’t get the full effect looking at the PDF, but the paper we used is recycled, hydropowered, and Michigan-made by French Paper Company in Niles, MI. Pretty cool.

Welcome to the Toddler Caucus

Wesley Debbink and Camille Shore show their support.

At the campaign kickoff on Sunday, May 13, Wesley Debbink and Camille Shore launched the Vote For Chuck Toddler Caucus. My goal as a candidate is to hear the concerns of all Ann Arborites, including Wesley’s hope for more stroller parking and Camille’s hope for more diaper changing stations. They may  not be voters, but their voices still count and I’m grateful for their support.

To respond to Camille’s concern, I am happy to say that Arbor Brewing Company, our host for the event, does have a diapers changing station in their bathroom in their taproom. Thank you ABC for supporting parents and for hosting the campaign kickoff.

Campaign Kickoff Sunday, May 13

Help the Vote for Chuck campaign get off to a strong start by coming to our campaign kickoff this Sunday, May 13 from 4-6pm at Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor.

Grab a drink and some appetizers, tell me what’s on your mind, and help get the campaign off to a strong start.

Suggested donation: $25-50.

Questions? 734-972-8304, www.voteforchuck.org, chuck@voteforchuck.org.

Can’t make the event? You can donate online at www.voteforchuck.org or mail a donation to: Committee to Elect Chuck Warpehoski, 2020 Winewood, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Jeff Irwin endorses!

I had a great chat yesterday with MI State Representative Jeff Irwin. He not only gave me his endorsement, he also gave me some great campaign advice. Thank you Jeff, and keep fighting the good fight in Lansing.

Key pieces of Jeff’s advice: Listen to the voters, work with everyone on Council, and lead with your values–and that’s what I plan to do!

I’m in!

030112_Chuck-Warpehoski.jpgAs AnnArbor.com reports, it’s official, I’m running for City Council. I pulled my petitions Monday, went to 4th Avenue Birkenstock for a pair of comfy walking shoes, and I’m getting ready for the campaign.

So far I’ve lined up a few community endorsements:

  • like Phillis Englebert, the founder of Michigan Peaceworks;
  • Mark Hodesh from Downtown Home and Garden;
  • Stu Dowty, the former chair of the Washtenaw Democrats
  • County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi

I’m also talking to Jeff Irwin and Rebekah Warren, and I hope to earn their endorsements. I’ve been talking to everyone I can on City Council from all factions, and getting a lot of good advice.

And yes, I now have the beginnings of a website (I know, it still needs work).

There’s still a lot of work to do. First items on the list are to recruit a campaign treasurer and to get my 100 signatures to get on the ballot. After that, a lot of fundraising and a lot of door knocking, supported by developing literature and the website.

We’re putting our daughter, Camille, in daycare one extra day per week over the summer so I have time to knock on 3,000 doors in the ward over the summer. If I’m going to do this, I want to do it right and have the face-to-face time to hear what’s on voters’ minds.

Thank you all for your support!