How Much Mail Campaigning Is Needed For Local Elections?

By
Real Estate Agent with Galleria International Realty
On Tuesday, residents of Hollywood, Florida's 1st District will vote for a new commissioner.  Here's a link to the Miami Herald's summary of the candidates:
 
http://www.miamiherald.com/1231/story/384097.html
 
 Junk Mail
Yesterday I grabbed the mail and sat down to sort it.  In the stack was an 8x11 bi-fold pamplet from Cathy Anderson asking that I re-elect her as commissioner and reasons why.  She lists her accomplishments and what she stands for.  Good stuff.  
 
Next I find an 8x11 postcard from Cathy Anderson telling me that Sara Case is full of baloney.  Nice picture of her opponent on a slice of baloney and on the back lists Ms. Case's flaws.
 
I then find another 8x11 postcard, again from Cathy Anderson, with a jack-o-lantern on it.  She alleges that Sara Case uses scare tactics to get my vote by lying about her (Ms. Anderson's) record.  So that's 3 pieces of mail about the election.
 
Digging through my mail I find a 4th piece of mail from Cathy Anderson (also an 8x11) asking that I don't vote for Patty Asseff either. 
 
Now I don't have a problem with receiving such literature, but I can't help but wonder if something went wrong with the mailing.  Why would I get 4 separate pieces all on the same day from the same candidate?  Two would have been more than plenty.  Not only that, my girlfriend and I live together and she received the same 4 pieces.  Eight pieces of electoral mail in one day from one candidate.  Is that not a bit much? 
 
(Note:  I'm not for or against Cathy Anderson, I'm merely pointing out what I received in the mail yesterday)
 

Comments (4)

Pat Emmett
Prudential Palms Realty - Sarasota, FL

At least you can pitch the junk.  What a waste of paper.  It does sound like their marketing campaign has some problems.      Did you consider calling her office?  

I personally can't stand the automated phone calls.  I find those very intrusive.    

 

Jan 27, 2008 01:09 PM
Katrina Madewell
Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196 - Tampa, FL
Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196

Tchjaka I put all of the politian crap in just one place.... it's a great place for it all... FILE 13!

Feb 06, 2008 03:04 PM
Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL

Pat - I think that the ad campaign came back to bite her because she was unseated.  I did speak with a few people who did not appreciate the negative advertising.

Katrina - LOL!!  File 13 is exactly where they went.   

Feb 06, 2008 07:29 PM
Bill Austin
East Valley Living - Scottsdale, AZ

Political mail is one of the worst kinds of junk mail. 

Jun 14, 2008 10:46 AM