CAMPAIGN 2018 HIGHLIGHTS
Campaign website: WWW.JOHNKIEHNE.COM
John Kiehne for Missouri YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/johnkiehneformo
Aug. 7 Primary totals:
Sen. Schatz- 24,992
John Kiehne- 13,950
Our winning number was 29,001 based on 50% + 1 in light of average of last 2 election cycles.
General Election totals:
Sen. Schatz- 53,507 (64%)
John Kiehne- 30,237 (36%)
Fundraising Totals for 2018 Election cycle:
Brought in $18.6k w/ 111 individual donations and a few checks from labor.
No corporate PAC money
Kiehne spent $16.6k @ $.55 a vote
Sen. Schatz spent $132.5k @ $2.48 a vote
In past State races in our area Democrats typically earn about 27% of the vote.
We knocked thousands of doors in 2018 and our strategy was to knock EVERY door as past State Candidates in the area typically got about 27% of the vote. We also had a variety of other people carrying my lit. We identified quite a number of new and inactive Democratic voters and updated local data a bit. We hope to pursue this more in the next 2 years. We also planted hundreds of yard signs and about 60 big signs as well as an electronic billboard.
I addressed several Labor Locals in the St. Louis area as well as participating in political events all over the St. Louis area.
I really like this site for basic data on our Senate District:
Page from the Mo. Secretary of State’s Office with detailed District Map.
Here’s a link from “Our Revolution” about how to represent a Democratic Precinct.
Here’s a list of fact sheets for campaign-relevant issues.
SD26 State House Candidates
HD109- James Cordrey
HD110- Cody Kelley
HD101- Genevieve Steidtmann
HD61- Pam Menefee
HD70- Paula Brown
HD100- Helena Webb
HD119- Marcie Nichols
Public School Districts in Senate District 26:
Rockwood, Parkway, Pacific, Washington, Gasconade County R-I, Gasconade County R-II, St. Clair R-XIII, Sullivan, Meramec Valley R-III, Union R-XI, New Haven
Also Elementary Districts:
Lonedell R-XIV, Franklin Co. R-II, Spring Bluff R-XV
John Kiehne garnered many endorsements for his 2018 Campaign for Mo. State Senate in the 26th Senate District. He looks forward to the support of these organizations and even more for his 2020 campaign for Mo. State Representative.
- International Union of Operating Engineers Local 513- John Kiehne is honored to be endorsed and supported by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 513.
- United Auto Workers Region 5- John Kiehne is honored to be endorsed and supported by the United Auto Workers Region 5.
- Bricklayers Local 1- John Kiehne is honored to be endorsed and supported by the Bricklayers Local 1.
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1439- John Kiehne is honored to be endorsed and supported by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1439.
- St. Louis- Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council- John Kiehne is honored to be endorsed and supported by the St. Louis- Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council.
- Sierra Club- John Kiehne is honored to be endorsed and supported by the Sierra Club.
- Iron Workers Local 396- John Kiehne is honored to be endorsed and supported by the Iron Workers Local 396.
- St. Louis Labor Council AFL-CIO COPE Endorsement- John Kiehne is honored to be endorsed and supported by the St. Louis Labor Council AFL-CIO COPE.
- Service Employees International Union- John Kiehne is honored to be endorsed and supported by the Service Employees International Union.
- Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate- John Kiehne supports our Right to Bear Arms and is also honored to be a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate.
- United Food and Commercial Workers 655- John Kiehne is honored to be endorsed and supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers 655.
- Sheetmetal Workers Local 36- John Kiehne is honored to be endorsed and supported by the Sheetmetal Workers Local 36.
- Planned Parenthood- John Kiehne supports a woman’s Right to Choose and have access to safe and affordable reproductive care. He is honored to have the endorsement of Planned Parenthood.
- St. Louis Young Democrats- John Kiehne is working to inspire our younger generations to be more involved in politics and the political process and is honored to have the endorsement of St. Louis Young Democrats.
The Kiehne Team for 2018:
- John Kiehne- candidate for State Senate in Missouri’s 26th Senate District
- Brett Biaggio- helped with event setup and planning. Will return for 2020 campaign.
- Michelle Kiehne- helped with event coordination and canvassing. Will return for 2020.
- Franklin Co. Labor Club- James Straatmann, Rick Bowers and John Smreker (3 of 4 Labor Club Chairs) helped with canvassing, sign placement and even coordination. Will return for 2020.
- Jeff Hackney- treasurer. Didn’t do much but facilitated creation of Committee. John Kiehne is new Treasurer for new Campaign Committee.
- Four Rivers Progressives spearheaded a local postcarding campaign for Franklin Co. Dem. candidates and also participated in our weekly postcarding sessions. They also carried my walking materials and canvassed for me. They will return for 2020.
- A variety of other individuals donated their time and energy for pix, event coordination, postcarding and so forth. They will return in 2020.
- I had actual physical help from leadership from UAW 2250, Operators 513, Bricklayers, Iron Workers 396, Carpenters, IBEW 1452 and 2 and a few others.
Kiehne participated in a number of community forums for Democratic candidates as well as for candidates for both Parties as well as a few Dem Townhalls.
Kiehne also participated in a number of radio interviews that also garnered shareable video and audio files.
I booked a number of “Coffee with the Candidate” events.
Here’s the list of spots that I posted up at:
- Breadco’s Wildwood, Chesterfield, Washington, Chesterfield Valley.
- Little Ireland- Pacific
- Our Story Coffeehouse- Sullivan
- Washington Coffeehouse
- I ended up doing coffees at shops all over Franklin Co. and West St. Louis County.
I was helping with “No on Prop A” stuff for the Primary so while cavassing I passed out their materials, attended a number of events and rallies, etc. I spent the Primary Day driving around making sure that polling locations had “No on Prop A” signs.
Social media goals:
All accounts to 1k/5k/10k. (those were my goals for 2018 and remain for 2019)
So here’s what’s on the agenda for moving forward with my political career…
(This was my agenda from 4/25 meeting. I arranged a number of meetings throughout the campaign to coordinate with House campaigns in my District.)
Fundraising- we gotta raise funds. Obviously my first goal is to get my seed money back from the Congressional campaign. Secondarily we need to start raising money. I will need to bite the bullet and start doing phone but we also need to book a variety of fundraising events. I would like to be innovative in this regard. ActBlue really simplifies online donations but I would like to come up with other means to raise money other than karaoke and bingo.
My first goal is to get to $1k, then $5k, $10k, $20k then $50k. Obviously the first goal is easy but we are going to have to work after that. Here are my preliminary goals (starting May 1- 194 days out):
$5k by June 1. (31 days into campaign- 168 days out)
$10k by July 1. (61 days into campaign- 138 days out)
$20k by August 1. (92 days into campaign- 107 days out)
$50k by September 1. (123 days into campaign- 66 days out)
$100k by October 1. (153 days into campaign- 36 days out )
- Voter Outreach- so I believe that one of the best (and most affordable) things that we (I) can do is to meet voters directly. Knocking doors and doing public events will be key for me. Secondarily VAN access is $1k so when it’s in the budget we need to invest in getting that data and start phone banking.
- Press- I believe that it’s key that I start clarifying MY story to be compelling to voters and press. Musician, content creator, foster parent and advocate. Also son of public school teachers, grew up around our family farm and in interracial marriage. Also motorcycle and fitness enthusiast.
- We need to get in the habit of creating news-worthy statements and events.
- We need to work on getting earned media by making our campaign compelling and news-worthy. This will include not only the quality and quantity of our public events and appearances but also content that we create and share on social media and our YouTube Channel.
- Printing/Merch- we will be creating a variety of promotional items including palm cards, business cards, t-shirts and so forth. Palm cards and biz cards are already designed. We can also do door hangers. We will also want to get some shirts printed up so that supporters and volunteers have something to wear when promoting the campaign (and everywhere else, too. LOL)
- Media Library- I would like to work on putting together a library of images and video for the campaign. We really need someone besides me taking some decent-looking pics (not necessarily pro but those, too.) Perhaps investing in a decent camera so that whoever is available can use the “campaign camera” to snap some decent pics might be an cheap and useful investment for us. Because we don’t have a budget to pay someone at the moment we are dependent on in-kind donations of services or campaign staff snapping some decent images.
- I would like to start a YouTube channel to feature videos that we produce in-house. The cost of hosting can’t be beat (free), the access to the world is pretty much as comprehensive as we can get and it will be a great way to get our message not only to voters in our Senate District but all across Missouri and the US.
- I propose trying to keep a schedule of at least one professionally-edited episode a week (after producing a nice campaign intro video) as well as posting other timely content that feature campaign highlights and events during the week.
- Networking/Prospecting- I need to make connections in the political community (which I’ve been working on) as well as the business community (which I need help with). I’ve been talking to some labor people but I also need to connect with teachers, business owners, etc. in our community to not only advocate for support but see what we can do to address their needs. People like to know that someone is listening to them and acknowledging their issues even if they may be at odds ideologically.
- Here’s the kind of connections that I need to make:
- School boards/ Administrators
- Mayors/ City Council
- Business Owners
- Local Activists
- Regional Activists
- Community Leaders
- Community Organizations
- Various faith leaders- Churches/Temples/Mosques
- Friends of friends
- Here’s the kind of connections that I need to make:
- I would also like to work on coordinating with other candidates in our Senate District as well as around the state for the purposes of promoting our campaign locally as well as engaging voters and leaders in other parts of the state and country.I also want to coordinate with area groups like Mobilize Mo., Moms Demand Action, etc. etc. to coordinate events with them in our area and theirs.I will be working on my platform to address state and District- specific issues so that I’m speaking to the issues that I would advocate for on the state level as well as to clarify who I am as a candidate. Pro-education, Pro-environment, Pro-justice, Pro-business, etc.
- I would like to use some innovative and timely approaches to voter outreach and fund raising with strategies such as using our volunteers to be a part of a social media team that shares selected posts on Facebook and Twitter to amplify our message. I would also like to get someone to create a phone app for our campaign as apps are taking over web browsing in regards to how people use the Internet.
Here are the staff positions that I’m looking to fill:
(at the moment we don’t have the budget to pay for these positions but hopefully we will in the near future)
- Campaign Manager
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Compliance/ Treasurer
- Event Coordinator
- Media/Content Production Coordinator
- Fundraising Coordinator
Some Missouri Senate District 26 facts:
- SD26 consists of all of Franklin County as well as Chesterfield, Ellisville, Eureka, Ballwin, Town and Country, Clarkson Valley and Wildwood in St. Louis County.
- Population of SD26 is around 165,000. Population is most dense around Chesterfield/Wildwood/Ballwin/Ellisville area then Eureka, Washington and Union. Smaller areas are Sullivan, Pacific, St. Clair, Gray Summit, Villa Ridge and New Haven.
- SD26 is in the 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts.
- SD26 contains Mo. House Districts MO-61, MO-70, MO-89, MO-100, MO-101, MO-109, MO-110 and MO-119. We have Democratic challengers in 5 of those Districts.
- School Districts include Crawford County R-1, Gasconade County R-1, Gasconade County R-II, Meramec Valley R-III, New Haven, Parkway, Rockwood, St. Clair R-XIII, Sullivan, Union R-XI and Washington.
- I’m going to put our expected voter turnout at about 58,000 votes. (51,027 in 2014 and 64,123 in 2010) That puts our winning # at 29,001. (½ the total votes plus one)
- My understanding is that about half of the population is in our St. Louis County area and the other 50% is in Franklin County.