On the first day of campaigning after Ocean, candidates seem enthusiastic and ready for the final week of campaigning.

“People are appreciating that the campaign is being friendly not too in their face”

Impact found Jess Salisbury who is running for president outside Portland.  She said the team has definitely seen an increase in people interested since: “they have been  a bit more visible”.

She added that: “people seem to be taken by the values of the campaign. It is not just the gimmicks we have but people are appreciating that the campaign is being friendly not too in their face”.

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Impact interviewed Lauren Heria who is running for Sports Officer. She also feels that since the video and manifestos have gone online, people seem a lot more interested in the campaign, coming up to the team wanting to know what’s going on.

Ocean was a big success for the campaign with having talked to a lot of people and pulling off a balloon drop: “We really tried to make sure our entire team knows the manifesto points so we don’t just shout ‘Vote Lauren’ but we try to find out what people are interested in”. 

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“I think I was able to capture both parties; having a good manifesto but also having a good marketing team.”

Impact also spoke to Ismail Sadurdeen, running for president, campaigning with his team in Portland. He said that the campaign is going well and added that: “You can see that some people care about the manifesto and some people vote for a thing such as a chocolate or a nice campaign video. (…) I think I was able to capture both parties; having a good manifesto but also having a good marketing team.”

Although he has had very positive feedback on his Snapchat filter he is aware that: “the challenge now is to convert those likes into votes”, and admits that this is were the physical campaigning will become important.

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