Calls for Kendall Volunteer Guide

We deserve better than the failed priorities of the Texas Legislature. It’s time to elect the honest, responsible and accountable state senator that Senate District 2 deserves.

Phonebanking

Calling registered voters across Senate District 2 is one of the best things you can do to help bring change to Texas this November. As a virtual phone banker, you’ll be given a script/general outline when talking with voters across the state and spreading the word about our work to turn Texas blue.

All you need to get started is your cell phone and a computer with a working internet connection. Ready to get started? Let's start calling!

  1. Go to https://www.openvpb.com/VirtualPhoneBank/Index

  2. Click ‘Get Started!’

  3. Create an Action ID if you haven’t already or login with your ActionID.

  4. Enter Code: 70A972N-800904

  5. Start Calling!

The actual process of phone banking can be tedious - with only 1 in 10 or so phone calls resulting in an actual answer - but don’t get discouraged! You’ll deal with wrong and disconnected numbers, yes, but you’ll also get some of the most rewarding conversations with passionate supporters of public education and advocates for change in our state.

TIPS:

  1. Make sure you’re talking to the right person listed on the webpage. It may seem obvious, but you’ll get a lot of wrong numbers and random people answering the phone!

  2. You do not have to leave voice messages or pick up returned calls.

  3. Personalize the script as much as you’d like and say why you are supporting Kendall!

  4. Be sure to verify and update their phone number and email if you can.

  5. Remember to ask if they would like to volunteer (check option).

  6. Have fun!

Talking Points

Fighting for our Children’s Futures 

  • Kendall says it loud and clear at every campaign event—he will never, under any circumstance, support school vouchers.
  • Public schools are the great equalizer. As a product of rural public schools, Kendall knows that we must ensure our schools are adequately funded and our teachers are given the support and resources that they need to succeed in the classroom.

    • The A-F grading system was designed to undermine the incredible work that our teachers do everyday so that politicians could shove school vouchers down our throats. Measures for success and accountability are important, but teachers and administrators should be in the room when that system is developed.

    • The A-F grading system was designed to undermine the incredible work that our teachers do everyday so that politicians could shove school vouchers down our throats. Measures for success and accountability are important, but teachers and administrators should be in the room when that system is developed.

  • The legislature always seems to single out teachers. Our teachers work hard, they play by the rules, they do everything that the state asks of them (and more), and then the state fails to hold up their end of the bargain on TRS. Austin is pulling the rug out from under the feet of our teachers because a group of politicians made poor choices. They are taking away any incentive for the next generation of teachers. The state should not treat teachers differently than all other state employees and retired legislators.

  • In Kendall’s hometown, residents still have difficulty finding quality, affordable high-speed Internet service. In 2016, 85% of homework required some level of Internet access (not to mention the economic impacts that lack of Internet has on small businesses). Rural communities should not be left behind urban areas in the 21st century.

Ethics Reform

  • While the federal government maintains a cap on political contributions, Texas still allows unlimited contributions to political campaigns. We should cap contributions, limiting money’s influence in our state politics and give that voice back to citizens.
  • Our current system of drawing political districts after each census is outdated and worrisome. Politicians should not be choosing their voters; voters should be choosing their representatives! The best way to strengthen citizen representation and allow the voice of voters to be heard is to establish non-partisan redistricting committees to take political self-interest out of drawing districts.

  • In 2018, it’s just silly to think that a citizen can’t register to vote online. Texas needs to follow the example of 38 other states that have stepped into the 21st century and allow for online voter registration of its citizens to encourage participation in the most fundamental of civic duties.

Economic Development

  • Too many rural communities in Northeast Texas are struggling to keep the younger generation of leaders in their communities due to a lack of good paying jobs. We must do a better job showcasing our district to businesses that offer quality jobs and seek out innovative companies to locate here. In addition, the state legislature should be partnering with local governments to coordinate incentives and spearhead this economic growth.

  • We’ve allowed our economy to operate on the backs of small business owners for too long. Texas should seek out innovative ways to provide tax relief to local small business owners and stop giving massive handouts to large conglomerates around the state that do not need these incentives to operate.

  • Texas should continue to embrace and work to expand our clean energy future through wind and solar energies. These are the industries of tomorrow, and Texas cannot sit on the sidelines and fall behind other states that are supporting their scientific/engineering communities in their research toward innovation.

  • Infrastructure is a primary responsibility of state and local government that is often neglected in favor of more flashy topics that politicians use to showboat. Kendall is committed to restoring our crumbling infrastructure, protecting water rights for our communities, and strategic future-focused planning to meet our transportation needs.