Families and Teachers for Antonio Dials Over 1 Million Voters
Political Action Committee led by CCSA Advocates set to more than double their original voter contact goals
SACRAMENTO, CA – This past Memorial Day weekend, with just two weeks left before Election Day, Families and Teachers for Antonio - a committee sponsored by California Charter Schools Association Advocates (CCSA Advocates) - dialed their 1 millionth voter via their grassroots efforts in support of Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor.
To date, a huge volunteer army of over 900 charter public school parents and supporters have logged more than 2,600 hours at 27 phone banks throughout the state
“In April, we set a goal of making one call per a charter school student – 630,000 in the state,” said Xitlali Castro, a charter school parent leader in Southern California. “By Election Day we will more than double this goal. Charter public school parents and teachers understand what Antonio Villaraigosa has done for our kids and thus the enthusiasm for his candidacy has been overwhelming.”
“The media only focuses on the spending and campaign ads in elections, but we’ve achieved our greatest results from people power,” said Gary Borden, Executive Director, CCSA Advocates. “Parents, grandparents, and families who had felt the status quo system was failing their children have had their lives transformed, seeing a bright future with endless possibilities for their children. Spending time at phone banks around the state and walking precincts with our family volunteers is always an inspiration and I could not be more proud of their efforts in this campaign. Our volunteers are the real difference-makers in close elections, inspiring others in their community to take action and make their voices heard by voting.”
“We’ve had so many great conversations with voters connecting on important issues that unite us locally, and as Californians,” said Castro. “As voters have learned more about Antonio Villaraigosa’s record and accomplishments his support has grown and people are getting excited about voting.”
According to data collected by CCSA Advocates in last year’s Los Angeles Unified School District election, charter school parents voted at three times the rate of other registered voters.
“We have only grown these numbers over the past several months and we will push to contact every voter possible before June 5,” said Borden.