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Month: April 2016 - The Bank Teller

Meet Scott Willis – Candidate for Indiana’s State Senate

PoliticalBank is all about people: those running for office and those they serve. In this series of blog posts, we’re highlighting the candidates on our platform, their campaigns, and their goals.

Meet Scott Willis! He’s a challenger running for State Senate in Indiana’s 20th district. With Indiana’s primary coming up on May 3rd, we asked him a few questions about what drives him.

Why are you running for state senate?
I am determined to make Hamilton County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. We are currently facing many challenges; for example: the fact that the American Society of Civil Engineers has given our roads a D+ since 2009, our lack of benefits for veterans despite Indiana having the highest number of vets per capita, our schools losing tax dollars and falling near the bottom of the state’s funding-per-student rankings. I have the leadership experience from both the military and the corporate world to tackle these issues head on. My opponent has been in office for 24 years, and it is time for a new voice in Hamilton County.

How would you describe State Senate District 20?
It’s a prosperous area within Hamilton County that includes Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, and Westfield. We have seen tremendous growth over the last decade, which has been a boon but has also created some unique challenges that need to be addressed.

We noticed your campaign is very focused on three major issues. What is your stance on District 20’s schools?
We have great schools, but they have consistently been asked to do more with less since the current school funding formula redistributes our tax dollars throughout the state. Our schools are already very large, but the reduced funding has made it extremely difficult for them to keep up with the growth. I want to ensure our tax dollars remain at home so our schools can stay competitive.

What is your approach to economic development?
As a small business owner, I have seen firsthand how legislation coming out of the statehouse impacts economic development. Due to the growth challenges District 20 is facing, I believe decision-making authority should be pushed down to the levels of government closest to the issues, rather than the state micromanaging. We need to give communities control again of their tax dollars so they can invest in roads, infrastructure, or other local projects.

In the past 10 years, crime has increased by 35% in Hamilton County. How would you address this problem?
The politics of crime tends to focus on the costs directly associated with the criminal justice system, such as the police, courts, and corrections system. However, what our leaders have overlooked are the intangible costs: the long term effects of psychological trauma or reduced quality of life that victims of crime experience. I support investing in protecting our families so they feel safe in our communities.

How can volunteers help with your campaign?
There are many ways to get involved in this grassroots campaign! You can write letters, knock on doors with me, distribute yard signs, or just come out to an event!

What has been your most surprising campaign moment?
While knocking on doors in Carmel back in March, I was discussing property taxes and referendums with a woman when she suddenly broke down and shared with me that she was unemployed and struggling to keep her head above water. I have to admit it was heart breaking. Just a reminder that not everyone is prospering in Hamilton County. There are actually more than 13,000 residents, – including 5,000 children – who live below the poverty level here.

What are your thoughts on PoliticalBank?
I think it’s a really slick way for candidates to confirm what they stand for and promote their campaigns. And it’s great that other capabilities like fundraising and recruiting volunteers are built in, along with all the ways voters can reach out and interact. It really puts listening to constituents about the issues at the forefront.

You can learn more about Scott’s run for State Senator and donate to his campaign on his PoliticalBank profile, or check out his website here. To fully participate in PoliticalBank’s platform, interact with candidates, and volunteer for their campaigns, sign up as a Voter today!




Meet Bobby Mayfield – Candidate for Commissioner in Georgia

PoliticalBank is all about people: those running for office and those they serve. In this series of blog posts, we’re highlighting the candidates on our platform, their campaigns, and their goals.

Meet Bobby Mayfield! He is running for Commissioner in Lumpkin County of District 2 in Georgia. We asked him a few questions about what drives him.

Why are you running for Commissioner?
I am running for Commissioner to improve the lives of the citizens in my county. We need economic development and I think I can help to get it started.

How would you describe the people of Lumpkin County?
The people of Lumpkin County in District 2 are hard-working and proud people who have had to “make do” with too little for too long.

What issues are most important to you?
My number one issue is economic development. Our county has many needs from roads and bridges, to playing fields for our children, to a fair wage for our employees. With out current tax base, these issues have not been adequately addressed because the resources are simply not available. My goal is to change that and to expand our tax base so that the rising tide of prosperity will raise all ships so to speak.

What has been your most surprising campaign moment?
My most surprising moment was when a nice lady gave me an earful about Obamacare, the federal government, and the general lack of progress in Congress on a wide variety of topics. Once I explained to her that most of that was beyond the scope of what I am running for, she looked at me funny and said, “Well, dangit, I guess I will vote for you anyway. At least you ain’t lying to me!”

How can volunteers help with your campaign?
I believe in people power and grassroots organization. Volunteers can help the most by talking to their friends and neighbors and telling them about me. Word of mouth is a powerful medium.

You can learn more about Bobby’s run for Commissioner and donate to his campaign on his PoliticalBank profile. To fully participate in PoliticalBank’s platform, interact with candidates, and volunteer for their campaigns, sign up as a Voter today!




Candidate Signup Guide: Curious about creating a profile? Here’s how…

I get it, signing up for a new product or service can be a little nerve-racking. You might be thinking, “I’ve never heard of PoliticalBank… am I agreeing to terms I’ll regret? Will they sell my contact information to spammers?” Of course not… but, I understand if you’re still skeptical.

So, here’s the deal: Create an account, build your profile page, and see what you think. It’s free. At anytime if you regret your decision, contact me directly at Adam@PoliticalBank.com, and I will do whatever is necessary to make it right.

Collectively, our team has more than 150 years of political experience. We know the pain points for candidates and voters. Our goal is simple, we built PoliticalBank.com to provide a start-to-finish solution for ALL stakeholders by delivering clarity and ease in politics – all in one place.

Give it a shot. See how by reviewing our Candidate Signup Guide. (Credit goes to the new guy, Jake, for creating this guide. Let us know what you think about it!)




Sound off! The State of Politics Today

We’ve been asking fans and followers what they think about the state of politics today. As a nonpartisan organization, it has been really fascinating for us to hear the different points of view, we’re excited about this dialogue. There already seem to be some themes in the feedback we’ve received.

So, penny for your thoughts? Tell us how you feel about the status quo of politics or the 2016 presidential election via Twitter or Facebook, and we’ll add your opinion to this page!




We’re Hiring!

As PoliticalBank.com continues to grow and execute its strategic vision, talent acquisition is essential. Please email Adam@PoliticalBank.com if you’re interested in being interviewed or considered for the following positions:

  • CTO
  • Director of Sales
  • Director of Strategic Marketing

Job descriptions are available upon request.

-Adam




April Fools!

On April Fools’ Day yesterday, we unveiled that the fictional politician, Frank Underwood, had created a profile on PoliticalBank. It shouldn’t be that surprising; PoliticalBank offers many tools to help candidates win their elections, and as we House of Cards fans know, Frank does everything he can to get ahead.

Learn more about how PoliticalBank is bringing politics into the 21st century. Then, create you voter profile to connect with real candidates. Running for office? Create your very own candidate profile.

Frank Underwood April Fools