By Nassif Daher
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.
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.