In 2013, CVH Power members in Yonkers utilized their robust relational engagement model to get-out-the-vote to elect Corazon Pineda to the Yonkers 2nd District City Council. Pineda, the daughter of Dominican immigrants, was the sole Latina and woman on the ballot during her initial race. CVH Power members, many of whom resided in public housing, were determined to find a candidate who would support our Ban the Box bill, after narrowly losing the vote 4-3 in the previous legislative term. Pineda understood the need for criminal justice reform, and agreed to our list of priorities. CVH Power successfully targeted 550 voters (low-income, poc and public housing residents) and engaged over 400 “low-propensity voters” through door-knocking and phone canvassing, resulting in Corazon’s 23 vote victory delivered by public housing residents.
In 2017, the Poughkeepsie chapter of CVH Power secured Ann Finney’s Poughkeepsie Common Council victory, by directing voter engagement efforts toward Black and Brown electoral wards (3rd and 5th wards), typically overlooked and counted out for voter turnout. Ann Finney won the at-large Council seat by 42 votes that came directly out of the 3rd and 5th wards. The then new at-large council seat had been created as the ninth seat of the then eight-person council in an effort to narrow the divisions within the council around hot-button issues— county/city bus consolidation and the almost $13 million operating deficit—and assume the role of council chair. Despite the novelty of the at-large seat, our CVH Power members turned out to vote.
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