Hancock County Government

Friday, December 29, 2006

Our Proposal to the Candidates

The following letter was mailed to all the Supervisor candidates on 4/12/07, via priority mail with delivery confirmation:

Dear Hancock Supervisor Candidate,

Coastal Community Watch would like to offer you a unique, free way to reach hundreds of potential voters. We’ve set up a new and exciting internet site for Hancock County Supervisor candidates. We “test drove” a similar forum during the Waveland elections in 2006 and it was met with great enthusiasm by press, voters and candidates alike.

The basic site is already set up with lots of voter information, including a list of all candidates. You can check it out by going to: http://www.servehancock.blogspot.com
You can also look over the Waveland site by going to: http://www.servewaveland.blogspot.com .

To participate is free and easy! Here’s how it works:

1. Contact us now - before May 15th - with your name, phone number and e-mail address. We won't release this information to anyone else.

2. We also need a small digital photo and a statement – anything you’d like to say about yourself (150 words max). If you don’t have a photograph, we’ll even take your picture! E-mail Ella Kliger at ellakliger@gmail.com with the information. Feel free to call Ella (857.753.7254) or Ellis Anderson (228.493.2107) with questions or to schedule having a photograph made.

3. We’ll post your info in the order we receive it – so the faster you respond, the more free exposure you’ll get. The deadline for submitting your intent to participate and personal information is May 15th, 5pm.

4. May 16nd, we’ll e-mail (or fax) participating candidates a list of questions related to the future of Hancock County. These questions will be compiled with input by county community leaders and residents.

5. You'll have three weeks to respond. We do ask that you find some way to e-mail your answers back so that we don’t have to retype them. If this isn’t possible, just contact us and we’ll help out any way we can. The absolute deadline to receive your answers is June 6th, 2007, 5pm. Then we’ll post all candidates’ answers on-line (at the same time, in the interest of fairness).

6. When the answers from all participating candidates have been entered onto the website, we’ll alert our 800 plus members to the site, urging them in turn to e-mail all their friends in Hancock County. We’ll also take out ads in the local press and send out press releases to all local media outlets to publicize the site. Our volunteers will put up flyers.

All our efforts will go towards encouraging citizens to inform themselves by visiting this site before voting. During the Waveland election, that site received a lot of attention – WLOX and MSNBC even posted the “link” on their own websites.

A few notes:

This site will NOT endorse any candidate. It is completely non-partisan. Our members and other voters will be able to read your information and answers and make their own decisions.

Any candidate who chooses not to participate (or doesn’t notify us by the deadline of May 15th) will remain on the list of candidates currently posted on our website with a note saying “Chose not to participate.” Any participating candidate who doesn’t return answers before the June 6th deadline will be listed with the explanation of “no response before deadline.”

Since this is an interactive site, viewers will be able to leave comments and questions for candidates and candidates can even respond if they wish. We moderate the forum, which means no comments or questions are posted before we review them. No negative comments are any sort will be posted, by either candidates or citizens.

After the election, the winners will remain on the website, giving you more connection with the community you’ve chosen to serve.


We're hoping for 100% participation from candidates. After all, who can afford to pass up an opportunity to get your views out to hundreds of active voters? It will also be especially helpful for Hancock residents who are currently living out of the area due to circumstances and are voting absentee.

We're thrilled to be able to offer this platform to both you and the residents of Hancock County. This “cutting edge” internet forum allows voters to make decisions based on information instead of advertising. It’s already gained national attention and the idea is being picked up by other communities around the country. Our hope is to engage as many people as possible in the process of local government - after all - an active community is a healthy one!

As a candidate, you goal is to serve Hancock County and we thank you for your efforts. If you have any questions, please e-mail Ella Kliger at ellakliger@gmail.com or Ellis Anderson at ellis@datasync.com .

Thanks for your time!

Ellis Anderson
President, Coastal Community Watch

CCW is an internet based organization with 800 plus members - mostly residents and property owners in the Hancock Coastal area. We're concerned mainly with developmental issues – hoping that we’ll rebuild wisely and create a great legacy for future generations. "Keepin' the Coast for our Kids," is our motto.


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