It has been 18 years and 85 days since the city’s pledge to build the West Branch Library.

Today, March 10, 2016, I went to my local bank, who shall remain nameless, to set up a campaign account. An hour and a half later it was done. I have never seen so much paperwork produce so little. If you ever need to visit your bank for something other than making a deposit or withdrawing cash plan on an hour or two visit. I, being the impatient sort at times, kept asking, “Are we done yet?” To which the person serving me would mumble something like, “just a few more forms…we’re almost done.” Only to receive a phone call this afternoon asking me to return because they forgot to get one signature. Sigh…

Then off to an office supply store to get copies of the petitions. The City Clerk will provide them for 20 cents a page. Twenty five dollars later I had enough petitions to paper over all of Glendale.

The next major chore is to establish a link on this blog for campaign donations. This is really scary and I expect it won’t take much to have me pulling my hair out. The body is willing; the mind is weak, technologically speaking.

While I struggle with the internet to set up a convenient way for you to make a campaign contribution I ask you please not to wait. You can send me a check made out to “Clark for Council.” I mean it when I say small contributions add up. There are many of you who read this blog faithfully even though you do not live in the Yucca district or Glendale. You can help. You do not have to live in the Yucca district to contribute to my campaign. Please take a few minutes while reading this to stick a check in an envelope. Please include your address, your employer and your job title. These items are required by state law. Obviously I will gladly and gratefully accept any amount.  Thank you. Please send your contribution to:

JoyceClark                                                                                                                                   8628 W. Cavalier Drive                                                                                                       Glendale, AZ 85305

I did want to share what the current campaign donation limits are as established by the state legislature. I can remember during my last run in 2012 the donation limit from an individual was $460. I wonder what happened to make the legislature increase the dollar limits so dramatically. Take a look below:

Campaign contribution limits

Campaign contribution limits

I and a few others have designed a logo for volunteer T shirts and buttons. Now that I have an account I can legitimately order those items. Here are the designs:

Campaign button

Campaign button

Volunteer T shirt

Volunteer T shirt

Once those items are here to distribute to the volunteers, they and I will start walking to collect petition signatures.  Want a shirt and a button? It’s easy to get. Simply volunteer to gather signatures or make phone calls.

Right now I and others are developing walking lists of registered voters in the district. In order to maximize the volunteers’ time and effort it is important that they do not visit every home but rather go to those homes that have registered voters.

I will not be writing about campaign stuff every time I post my blog but I thought you might enjoy learning about the first few days. When I and the volunteers start walking I will let you know how we are doing.

© Joyce Clark, 2016


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