And the award for best congressional website goes to...

And the award for best congressional website goes to...

I just got back from an amazing weekend in Las Vegas at the 2015 Reed Awards, sponsored by Campaigns & Elections Magazine. The Reed Awards, named after Campaigns & Elections founder Stanley Foster Reed, embody excellence in political campaigning, campaign management, political consulting and political design. Chosen from the largest and smallest organizations in the industry, the winners represent the latest techniques and talent in the business. PowerThru was a finalist for three awards for our campaign website work last year — for the sites Debbie Dingell for Congress (MI-12 congressional site, SE Michigan), Oye Mi Voz (multi-lingual English/Spanish get out the vote site, aimed at Millennial Latino voters in the Sacramento CA area), and Stop Measure Q (stopping a bad ballot measure in San Bernardino CA).

We were so excited and thrilled just to be recognized for our responsive campaign website work last year — and yet we ended up winning all 3 awards!

Thank you to everybody involved: from our team with Chris Potter and Jon Wheeler building the sites, myself (Laura Packard) managing the projects, to Laurin Manning and Anne Savage who designed them (and Anne’s beautiful photos were the foundation for the Debbie Dingell site), to the talented folks at Signified Media who worked with us on Oye Mi Voz and Stop Measure Q (their video work is amazing — I am not surprised that they came out on the winning side of most of the ballot initiatives they tackled last year), and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and her entire campaign team. She’s my Congresswoman now, and I know she will do a fine job of representing us in Washington and carrying on the Dingell tradition. Thank you to the San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters Local 891 PAC, I’m so glad our work was used to help stop Measure Q. Thank you to SEIU California, and good luck on future efforts to increase voter registration and participation among Millennial Latinos in California and elsewhere. Thank you also to the judges and the Campaigns and Elections staff, who put on an excellent conference and event, and do great work day in day out on the Campaigns & Elections magazine too.

I also want to thank all the candidates who ran last year, whether they won in November or last summer or not. Running for office is a hard and often thankless job, and in these times it means coming under a lot of attack (even from people who theoretically agree with you). Our democracy works because good people step forward and run for office despite the personal and sometimes professional costs. We feel like everybody who tries to be elected and serve the public in this way deserves thanks and recognition whether or not they “win”. We all win when we’re represented by better public servants. PowerThru salutes you, and hopes you consider running again in the future.

P.S. Looking to run for office in 2015 or 2016? Be sure to read our guide for candidates or non-profits just getting started, to have a successful launch. If you’re looking for assistance on your website or launch, please read our campaign website guide too and contact PowerThru, we’d love to help!