Welcome to the Sharp Connector newsletter – different from the Sharp Record, and with more flexibility of opinion (keep reading – Lenexa, OP, Shawnee). Previous emails from me have been from my personal account ([email protected]) and I never use my jccc.edu email for personal, political, or business purposes to avoid any real or perceived conflict. However, because part of my business is helping replace politicians with public servants, I want to make sure there is no confusion with my role – even though it is an elected one – serving Johnson County Community College.
Emails from my “vote” account will be exclusively JCCC-related information. All political information and commentary will be in this newsletter from [email protected]. My goal is to connect you to your government in a way that makes sense.
Each Connector will legislative updates and Kansas or regional news. Some of the stories will feature clients and when applicable, I will provide a disclaimer. Yes, candidates pay me, but I won’t consult for someone I wouldn’t vote for and who wouldn’t be communicative, accountable, and a good public servant!
I started “Translating Politics Into English” as a business in 2011 to help state and local elected officials more effectively and efficiently communicate with voters. That remains the bulk of my work and the part I most enjoy.
- The VoteSharp web & mobile constituent communications app and the
- KanVote advance ballot application subscription service are two other side projects I’ve developed to fill unique candidate and voter needs.
BUT! In order to use these skills, people who:
- Care about communicating with voters,
- Are accessible and accountable to their districts, and
- Have a heart for public service,
must first get elected – or re-elected. I help candidates navigate the yard sign/stickers/website/direct mail functions of campaigns, so they spend time talking to voters. If “Translating Politics Into English” is my spoonful of sugar, campaigns are the bitter pill which I am trying desperately to skip (know someone with good project management skills who wants to do campaign work?).
So, there’s the scoop on the new format, happy connecting and I look forward to your feedback!
Chief Political Translator