Thanks to the efforts of over 100 Grassroots St Vrain volunteers, 4,000 signatures have been returned in support of placing Bright Colorado (Citizen’s Initiative 25) on the November ballot. We have made a lot of progress in just three short weeks toward our ultimate goal of 10,000 signatures from the St. Vrain Community.
There are still 75 petitions in the hands of Grassroots St Vrain volunteers, many of which are on their way to being filled. With your help, we will continue to collect signatures through June and July at events across the St Vrain Valley School District. Community events like the Longmont Farmer’s Market (550 signatures in the last two weekends) and kids sporting events like soccer and baseball tournaments have proven to be great venues to have conversations with the community about giving voters a choice this November about increasing funding for education in Colorado.
We need more volunteers to continue to work these and other events. Two hours of your time at an upcoming event makes a huge impact on the overall success of these efforts. One of our now seasoned Grassroots volunteers will have you up to speed on how to have this conversation with members of our community in very short order.
What we are accomplishing is remarkable and making an impression statewide. Typically hundreds of thousands of dollars are required to hire petitioners to get an initiative on the ballot. We don’t have that kind of money to spend, but we have a network of people who believe in the value of a strong public education system, preschool through higher education. Last Sunday, the Denver Post reported:
Great Ed Action [a partner of Grassroots St Vrain] is “using an online, grassroots strategy to gather signatures [for Senator Heath’s proposed initiative] that could revolutionize the petition process.”
At Senator Heath’s May 16th Press Conference at the Capitol, when challenged by the media on our ability to raise the necessary signatures he stated:
“This will be the greatest grassroots campaign in the history of Colorado.”
The political pundits accustomed to controlling the process have taken notice. They are asking themselves, “Is it possible for a volunteer, grassroots effort to push the initiative over the finish line?”
Let’s show them that we can and we will.