UPDATE 7:44 AM TUESDAY: Gary Agopian tells me this morning via email that Gary Gilbert is not his campaign manager but his campaign chairman. My apologies. The difference? Campaign managers are usually paid, professional consultants. Campaign chairmen (or women) are typically unpaid volunteers. Some do little more than lend their names to the candidates campaigns while others get right in the trenches and lick envelopes. Agopian says Gilbert, as his campaign chairman, will be “coordinating campaign activities like precinct walking, phone banking and organizing volunteers……..all of which he is particularly good at. He isn’t developing mailers or strategy. I have a team of diverse backgrounds and talents. It will take a team like that to win.” Like the candidates themselves, campaigns range in style. Agopian will certainly bring his own approach to running his race, some of which may or may not track with conventional campaign practices.
No rubber chicken. No wine in plastic cups. He calls it the “unparty,” an event held anytime you choose because you don’t have to go. Instead, you pay his campaign and not to attend an event he is not holding. He asks on his invitation, “How much would I be willing to pay not to have to go? … $10? $100?”
Wow. I guess that cuts down significantly on the catering bill.
It’s an interesting little twist.
Agopian recently named Antioch activist Gary Gilbert as his campaign manager chairman, a man who has demonstrated considerable organizing skills around Antioch’s dispute with the county over management of housing subsidies for the poor. But Gilbert has no experience running a political campaign. On the other hand, Agopian lacks money to hire a high-profile campaign manager and, of course, it costs money up front to put on fundraisers.
Agopian is challenging incumbent Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg.