Dear Illinois "local food" colleagues --
Can we make "Food" an election issue in 2012?
With this e-mail I am announcing the first project of a food system
BUSINESS: D. Hillman Strategies: Food Policy for Voters
PROJECT: Illinois Food Vote 2012
ILLINOIS FOOD VOTE 2012.....
.......is a survey of Illinois residents to gauge our ability to vote
on "Food" as a Congressionall election issue in 2012.
The Illinois survey is a pilot for a national survey that will go live
in July, following the June primaries. (Although Illinois' primary
was in March, many other states have their primaries through the
summer and into September.)
My personal hope is that all candidates who are running for the U.S.
House of Representatives from Illinois in 2012 will make "Food" a
campaign issue (if they haven't done so already).
Are there any candidates running on a "Food" platform in Illinois? If
so, who are they? What are the details?
If not, can groups in the 18 Illinois Congressional districts
encourage candidates to make "Food" a major campaign issue in 2012?
How can we do that? What kind of help do groups need?
This survey hopes to move the needle in the next few months.
READ MORE ABOUT Food Vote 2012 below my signature or on my website.
GO DIRECTLY TO the Illinois survey:
Food Vote 2012 - Illinois Survey
SURVEY FEATURES include:
-- Open to all Illinois residents -- voters and non-voters
-- Anonymous responses. No personal information is requested.
-- 8 questions should take 5-10 minutes to fill out.
-- Weekly blog-posts: Survey results will be shared continuously
throughout the election season and after Nov. 6, 2012.
-- Leverage this year's election: Survey results by Congressional
district will be available to any Illinois group who wants to leverage
candidates' interest in Food in 2012
PLEASE SHARE this survey with Illinois residents in your networks.
Thanks for your participation.
PS If anyone finds any typos, miscues, bad links, or any other
problems with my website or the survey, I would appreciate knowing
about any problems. This is all a work in progress......
Evanston Food Council (co-founder and chairperson)
Illinois Local Food and Farms Coalition (co-founder)
Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council (co-founder)
Cook County Food System Steering Committee (member)
Food Vote 2012
Campaign Issues in 2012
These major websites have long lists of current campaign issues.
None identify food as an issue in 2012.
Vote Smart http://www.votesmart.org/
On the Issues http://www.ontheissues.org/issues.htm
CNN Election Center http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2012/campaign-issues.html
Mission of Food Vote 2012
· Support every American adult who wants to become a food citizen.
· Develop a Complete Food and Farm System framework -- feeding
ourselves + feeding each other -- that can be easily learned and
applied by any community, any jurisdiction, any agency
· Build awareness of food systems as a high-leverage arena for
positive civic action -- among voters, media, legislators, government
· Establish a baseline of knowledge for future action -- between
elections and during future elections
· Build voter self-confidence in natural adult standing regarding a
basic, universal need -- food.
· Build voter skills in claiming adult standing, individually and
collectively -- sensing, thinking, articulating, deciding, acting
Based on the March 20, 2012 Illinois primary, there are 35 candidates
for 18 Illinois seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Three are
running unopposed; two districts have 3-way races.
Illinois Food Vote 2012 seeks to find out:
· How many Illinois residents are concerned about "food" as a
· How many Illinois residents are connected to the Illinois local
food system networks?
· Can Illinois voters vote on their food concerns in the general
election on November 6, 2012?
· Are any of the 35 Illinois candidates in the 2012 Congressional
election running on a "food" platform?
If so, what are the details?
· If not, can constituents mobilize to make food a campaign issue in
Illinois Congressional districts in 2012?
· Can constituents mobilize by Sept. 15, 2012, which would give
voters about 7 weeks to ratchet up food as a campaign issue before the
· If constituents can't mobilize for the 2012 election, what will
help them mobilize between elections and in future elections?