Dr. Jennifer Ong says the lack of a candidate’s statement, often viewed as a prerequisite for any serious campaign was not a mistake or oversight.
“What’s more powerful? Paying for something in a book or having somebody who is elected to office in this county who’s been a woman in the State Legislature to send it out?” said Bob Twomey, Ong’s campaign manager last Saturday afternoon.
Many viewed a campaign email from supporter last week featuring Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan as an admission of the potential error by the campaign. The message includes a lengthy candidate’s statement introduced by Chan.
The inclusion of a candidate’s statement in the registrar’s voter handbook is viewed as standard among campaigns and an easy and official-looking method for getting their messages to voters on a level-playing field.
The statements are not free, however, and often preclude low-budget campaigns from participating, but money should not be a problem for Ong. “We spent money on grassroots,” said Twomey. “Everybody’s got our message now. Everybody has our positions.”