Saturday, December 7, 2013

Lessons Learned: Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap Counties

Initiative to the Legislature 522 Concerns labeling of genetically-engineered foods:

Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties won the I-522 vote with minimal support from the Yes On 522 campaign.

Clallam County has a strong Republican lean with a large senior population. Internal 522 campaign polling showed "Yes Voters" were primarily Democrat and under 60 years old.

All three Olympic Peninsula counties had strong grassroots leadership:

Clallam: Beverly Goldie Facilitator GMO Awareness Group (GAG) of the North Olympic Peninsula and Dr. Frank Springob
Jefferson: Judy Alexander and Dr. Richard Doherty, GMO Jeff Co
Kitsap: Laurie Olsen and Jennifer Newell

In 2010, Beverly Goldie organized the GAG Group and helped Jefferson an Kitsap counties develop their grassroots outreach programs in 2013 that included:

Letters to the editors
Organic Food Store Support
Regular Meetings

With support from the Port Townsend Food Coop, Judy Alexander organized a GMO Film series from August-September that had good community attendance.

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