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Campaign trail winds through Dearborn

4 Comments 13 December 2011

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Unis Middle School

In Dearborn, the campaign is a long and grueling process. Most of it is the fact that all of the cultures are VARY diverse. Arabs, Mexicans, Asians and even Indians live here. Every group has different perspectives about everything. Some group may want a situation to change and others may not. Politicians in Dearborn must find a balance and compromise for the common good.

Election day is fast on its way. Luckily a Candidate for the Dearborn School Board found time in her busy schedule to let me tag along and follow her throughout the campaign.

“Dearborn is so diverse and the different people really mingle. They work together and play together. In other places you have fewer people tend to cluster in their own groups.”
– Roxanne McDonald.

To run a successful campaign in Dearborn, people MUST Know you. “Name recognition is vital,” she said. “I’ve sent out mailings, robo calls, Emails, put out signs, visited people’s homes.”

You also need support and resources. “You need a lot of people to give you their time and money to help you get your message out.”

Lastly and most importantly is EXPERIENCE. Experience is vital in any campaign. “I’ve been involved in Dearborn schools for a long time.” Without experience nobody knows who you are. That goes back toward recognition. Experience is important because you need something to back up your campaign. Voter Mohammad Jaffar said, “You need accomplishments to get anywhere in a campaign, That’s where I look, not the flash and bash of a Money flushed campaign. In other words, for your buck, you need a bang.”

Good candidates must know their opponents. “I’ve run for school board three times,” McDonald said. “Each race is very different because of the different opponents, how many people are running, if there are incumbents, how many seats are available, general political climate, what else is on the ballot — so many factors.”

So, campaigning in Dearborn is hard and easy in many ways, because everyone seems to know everyone else.

On Nov. 8, 2011, Roxanne McDonald and Joseph A. Guido won seats on the Dearborn School Board.

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  1. Jacqlyn Makki 1st Hour says:

    I like the way Nassif Daher says first that the culture are a VARY diverse in Dearborn. Why I liked that is because it is very true.
    And I also liked the way that Nassif said that, “Lastly and most importantly is EXPERIENCE, because with no experience nobody knows who you are.

  2. Jacqlyn Makki 1st Hour says:

    I liked the way that Nassif Daher said at first that, “In Dearborn the culture is mostly diverse.” I liked that because it is VERY true. And I also liked the way that Nassif also said that, “Lastly and most importantly is EXPERIENCE, because with no experience nobody will know you.

  3. Jacqlyn Makki 1st Hour says:

    I liked the way Nassif Daher wrote at first that, “In Dearborn the culture is a VARY diverse. I liked that because it is VERY true. And I also liked the way that Nassif also said that, “Lastly and most importantly is EXPERIENCE, because with no experience nobody will know you. I really enjoyed reading this profile.

  4. Abbas Chami 6th hour says:

    This story is great because in the first paragraph, he included all diiferent kind of people from different cultures living with each others in dearborn . In the 5th paragrah I like how he said without experiences no body knows who you are. And also I like the 6th paragraph because of the part that said “Good candidates must know their opponents.” and also because it talks about each race is different because of the different opponent. The 6th paragraph was the best one.


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