By David Anderson
Race highlights in a moment but first some important news announcements. Flag-installers are needed for Veteran’s Day, reply to this email if you can help. Also, attached is an invitation by Amtrak to hear about their plans to put trains through Tillicum. There continues to be requests for beds; Tillicum’s food bank will be sponsored by Wal-Mart (7001 Bridgeport) from Nov. 15-22 with collection-bins placed at their doors ; and finally, and most importantly, boys are awaiting mentors at Tillicum Elementary (see attached).
Now, about the race. Seattle/South King County has come out of nowhere and all of a sudden is in third place in the country in the voting drive to win top price of $25,000 to build Habitat for Humanity homes. While it is true they are far behind front-running Tillicum, sponsored by Tacoma/Pierce County, this nearest neighbor to the north necessarily needs our attention. There’s nothing like incentive to a much bigger city than for them to not want to let this happen. I wonder if Tacoma’s Mayor and Pierce County Council know about this?
More highlights from the race. Yesterday, November 10, Day 26 (of the 109-day race) for the first time we broke the 200 votes/day average while at the same time passing the 5,000-vote milestone. And for the second day in a row we have equaled our largest margin separating us from 2nd place Ohio – 260 votes (at my official voting time of 5:40 p.m.).
Other than keeping a close watch on Seattle, an additional concern is how quickly the lead can change. Our current lead of 260 votes can be absolutely buried should Ohio blitz as it has before – 405 votes on Day 19. So stay tuned, and stay the course. It’s a marathon.
Encourage friends, neighbors, co-workers to join Tillicum’s Race to the Top by voting every 24 hours at www.ahschallenge.com. You can also click on the banner headline at www.thesubtimes.com where often editor/publisher Ben Sclair will give a daily race status update.
Also, here again are the rules. Be sure to read these because it turns out friends in England can’t vote after all!