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Mongiardo reveals local coordinators for Senate campaign

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 4:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 14 at 12:49 AM

Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo unveiled a nifty website map on Wednesday that shows his U.S. Senate campaign's coordinators in all 120 counties in Kentucky.  It's a way to both provide a local contact for potential supporters and show off which Democrats are supporting Mongiardo.

Mongiardo and rival Jack Conway, Kentucky's Attorney General, are probably both sitting on even bigger endorsements to roll out when needed.

In a news release, campaign manager Dick Prelopski says:

 the new web page is a harbinger of things to come, not only on the web site, but also with respect to persuading voters, including volunteer phone banks, door-to-door canvassing and get-out-the-vote activities.

A quick check of Mongiardo's big supporters in the Louisville area include:

Jefferson County:

Mongiardo's campaign coordinators in Jefferson County are Senator Denise Harper Angel, the former Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator, and Bill Herron, the Department for Local Government's 1st and 3rd Congressional District Director.

Oldham County:

In Oldham County, the county's Democratic Party Executive Committeeman George Parrish, Jr. heads the effort.

Bullitt County:

In Bullitt County, Eric Farris is the long time attorney for the Bullitt County Board of Education. His law firm operates the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) “Legaline”, toll free legal advice and documents for the 16,000 KRTA members.

Henry County:

Until 2008, Wayne Gunnell was the Magistrate for the First District of Henry County.

Spencer County:

Spencer County Magistrate Bill Drury is a real estate agent and developer, the Vice President of the Kentucky Magistrates & Commissioners Association and Chairman of the Taylorsville Lake Conservation Association.

Hardin County:

Winnie Townsend is on the Kentucky Democratic Party's State Central Executive Committee, a long time activist in Hardin County.

News release:

FRANKFORT – In an impressive display of statewide organizational strength, Lt. Governor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Mongiardo launched a new, interactive page on his campaign web site today, introducing 166 Kentuckians publicly committed to serving as Mongiardo’s County Campaign Coordinators covering all 120 Kentucky counties. 

Mongiardo’s growing grassroots, campaign organization now includes over 500 political activists, elected officials and community leaders actively working at the local level to elect Mongiardo to the U.S. Senate. 

Mongiardo’s announcement was released to his campaign supporters via video and email earlier today.  Mongiardo and the campaign’s manager, Dick Prelopski appeared by video to personally thank the campaign’s supporters and inform them of the new, interactive web page.

Mongiardo told his campaign’s supporters that “it has been almost a year since announcing my candidacy for the United States Senate and I want to personally thank you for your support.  Together we have built an unprecedented statewide, grassroots volunteer organization – a campaign of Kentuckians, by Kentuckians and for Kentuckians.”

Prelopski explained that the purpose of the new, interactive web page was to make it easier to recruit new supporters and continue building a stronger grassroots organization by allowing anyone interested in supporting Mongiardo to contact his local campaign coordinator directly.  Prelopski also added that the new web page was a harbinger of things to come, not only on the web site, but also with respect to persuading voters, including volunteer phone banks, door-to-door canvassing and get-out-the-vote activities.

The interactive web page allows anyone visiting the campaign’s web site to scroll across a statewide county map and as the cursor passes over each county, the Mongiardo campaign coordinator’s name will appear for that particular county, giving interested voters and potential supporters information on who they can contact locally to get involved in the campaign.

“While our opponent has spent his time traveling and soliciting money from the silver spoon crowd in Washington, New York and Hollywood, Daniel has spent his time traveling to every corner of our Commonwealth, listening to Kentuckians express their views on the challenges confronting our nation and building the largest, strongest grassroots organization seen in Kentucky in more than a generation.  The contrast between the two candidates could not be starker,” said Mongiardo’s campaign spokesman Kim Geveden.

 

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