The Gourmet Precinct Chairman
The Way to a Man’s Vote is Through His Stomach!
by David Whitehead Jr.
Are you a good cook or do you enjoy sharing recipes and trying new dishes?
The one true key to winning Republican votes in our precincts and neighborhoods is the ability to build relationships, and relationships usually begin with the things we have in common – like food.
Every Republican voter eats! (Some Democrats eat too!)
But the two real targets for relationship building when it comes to winning our precincts is the Independent Voter, who sometimes votes Republican and sometimes votes Democrat, and the Passive Conservative Voter, who votes Republican when he remembers to vote, and doesn’t vote at all unless sufficiently motivated.
The goal is to become an influence in the lives of both these voters so that in time they will vote Republican every time there is an election, and will eventually influence others and convince them to do the same.
With that in mind, here are six steps to winning your way into the lives of your voters as a Gourmet Precinct Chairman:
1.) Do the work of contacting the voters in your precinct. (Remember that relationship building does not replace block walking or other ways you employ to make first contact; it simply adds to it and makes your outreach efforts far more powerful and lasting in the long run.)
2.) Integrate your precinct voter contacts into your social network. (Again, this is…so far, only part of your basic job as Precinct Chair; keep your contacts in the loop with emails and a monthly precinct newsletter. Establish a Facebook page and invite all contacts to participate on it.)
3.) Begin sharing recipes, dishes you invented, and even pictures of various dishes with your precinct friends. Put a recipe page in your newsletter. Post dishes on the Facebook page. Post pictures of your culinary creations.
4.) Individuals in your precinct who share your love for cooking will begin to respond. As they do, capitalize on their interest. Invite them over or get some of their personal recipes. Now you are beginning to form bonds. Now you are building trust with some of your voters.
5.) As interest and friendships grow, you might even begin a Culinary Club in your neighborhood; make the first page of your Republican Precinct Newsletter all about the club and recipes and dishes, so that it will draw in those who might be less attracted to politics.
6.) As with all things, once people have come to know you through your shared interest in cooking, they will begin to trust you and your political opinions more. Wouldn’t it be something if this snowballs into precinct picnics and neighborhood parties and potlucks, all while slowly building the Republican vote?
You do not have use cooking to draw your neighbors; you can use almost any interest of yours to build rapport. Any type of sport from golf to soccer would work just as well, or if you are a bookworm you could form a book club. Anything from your work in the PTA to the charities you love can be built upon to garner personal trust and relationships that can eventually turn out many strong Republican votes from your precinct.
Doesn’t this approach make reaching your precinct more fun?
Precinct Power Solutions is endorsed by:
James Dickey - Chairman, Republican Party of Texas
Matt Mackowiak - Chairman, Travis County Republican Party
Janet Jackson - President, Texas Republican County Chairmen's Association
Beth Cubriel - Former Executive Director, Republican Party of Texas
Lee Green - Former President, North Carolina Republican County Chairmen's Association
Connie Hudson - Denton County Republican Party Third Vice Chair
James Dickey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas says this:
“David’s clear and useful advice has helped Precinct Chairmen in Texas overcome challenges and increase their effectiveness. I highly recommend his material.”
Dr. Rosemary Edwards, Former Chairman of the Republican Party of Travis County had this to say:
“This book has been extremely useful to the Republican Party of Travis County, I own the book and I have seen many of our Precinct Chairmen carrying it under their arms, and to meetings. We have even incorporated many of these out of the box ideas into our own County Handbook, and I highly recommend it.”
Janet Jackson, President of the Texas Republican County Chairman Association wrote:
I am always grateful for the work you compile as an aid to the many volunteers as Precinct Chairmen."
Beth Cubriel, Former Executive Director, Republican Party of Texas said:
“At a political volunteer training we sponsored, David shared some informative tips that are included in his Precinct Chair Guidebooks. David clearly knows a thing or two about political organization.”
Craig Bushon, Former Conservative Radio Talk Show Host 1370 AM said:
"David Whitehead was my sidekick on my radio show for a long time and he and his books are very popular among Conservatives here in Texas."
Connie B. Hudson, Denton County GOP 3rd Vice Chair wrote:
"These books by David Whitehead Jr. are must reads for every Republican Precinct Chair, newbie and seasoned. God forbid they get into a liberal’s hand! They are chock full of creative and practical ideas on how to reach your precinct. David has done our homework for us; all we have to do is read and apply. I believe that if we do, we will win elections by a landslide. This is a wealth of knowledge at a great price."
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"I love this book, it not only gives you the facts and statistics about our gun rights, it shows you how to present them to others. A must read."
Patty Gibbons, Organization Committee Bexar County Republican Party says:
"This one is going to be my favorite book, well laid out chapters, quick reading and informative (tons of great links) love the thinking outside the box ideas. Your new book has an exhilarating sense of urgency with fun and experiences to be had. I just love it David, outstanding job!"