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Campaigning During a Pandemic Requires Flexibility

Cheri Bustos Campaign
Screenshot of Bustos virtual office opening Zoom meeting

COVID-19 is changing the way candidates campaign for the fall election.

Michelle O'Neill reports Congresswoman Cheri Bustos hosted a Zoom meeting Thursday night to open her virtual campaign office.

Around 50 people from all 14 counties in the 17th Congressional District participated in the virtual campaign meeting for the incumbent democrat. 

Her Campaign Manager, Tom Bryant, says usually, supporters would come to an office to volunteer and work together calling voters. And they'd start going door-to-door asking people for support. 

That's just not possible during the pandemic. A new system will allow volunteers to call voters from home. Bryant says volunteers will also use an app to send voters text messages. 

Bryant has been in the campaign business for ten years, and he says the coronavirus has created a unique situation. Besides encouraging people to vote for Bustos, he and his boss want to teach voters how to vote without putting themselves at risk. They recommend voting by mail or voting early. 

He's curently ramping up the volunteer effort with three months to go until the November election.

Bustos' Republican opponent is Esther Joy King . 

Officially, Michelle's title for 28 years was WVIK News Editor. She did everything there is to do in the newsroom and whatever was needed around the radio station. She also served as Acting News Director from September 2023 - January 2024.
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