Countdown to Victory: 2 Days
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture candidate Francis Thicke’s broad-based appeal make him the statewide candidate to watch Tuesday.
His appeal is urban and rural, male and female. He polls well among Democrats, independents and some Republicans. “Mommy Bloggers” like his forward-looking policies that will create new markets for family farmers and increase the availability of fresh, local foods for their families’ tables and in their children’s cafeterias. Among environmentalists and practical farmers, Francis’s call for sustainable farming practices that are ecologically sound and help revitalize rural communities resonates strongly. They also like his determination to advocate for Iowa independent family farmers’ rights by carrying to appropriate agencies their call for anti-trust reform now to restore competition in the marketplace. A practical and economically sound plan that helps farmers develop – and create profit centers from – on-the-farm energy sources that increase the resilience of the landscape appeals to people who want America to wean itself off foreign oil. And his determination to return justice and democracy to rural Iowa by working in a bipartisan fashion to return control over CAFO siting to local communities, where it rightfully belongs, sits well with almost everyone.
“Our grassroots support is you – and many people like you in Iowa and across the country – who know that it is time to take back our food and agriculture system so we can have safe and healthy food and protect our environment,” Francis said.
There are two things you can do in the next two days to ensure our message is heard and our campaign wins:
- Chances are, you know people touched by these issues. Use your voice over the next couple of days to tell everyone you know why the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture race matters, and why, if they care about making Iowa’s food and agriculture production system sustainable time, they should vote for Francis Thicke. It’s as simple as this: His plan for sustainable agriculture and food production in the 21st century is sheer genius. Its many elements lock together like jigsaw pieces, and looking at the plan in its totality reveals an ag secretary candidate who is more qualified to lead Iowa agriculture through a challenging future than any in our lifetimes.
- Whether you live in Iowa or somewhere else, join our virtual phone bank. A sophisticated voter database allows us to target calls to people who haven’t voted early and who remain undecided. We’re already well on the way to turning out 90,000 key voters to ensure a win Tuesday, but we need a strong push in these last two days to accomplish it.
All you do is remind them to vote, and give them a couple sentences about why they should vote for Francis. Sign up online: http://www.thickeforagriculture.com/volunteer-sign-up/
This is our movement, our moment in time. It’s your chance to use your voice, your energy and your vote to make sure Iowans send Francis Thicke to Des Moines to represent our shared values in Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship policy.