Ben Marcus statement on state house campaign outreach during coronavirus outbreak
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jacalyn Crecelius
Phone: (904) 206-8483
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – March 16, 2020 – “As you all know by now, scientific, medical, and public health experts are calling for widespread social distancing efforts. Normally, this is not conducive to grassroots, people-powered movements such as ours – hitting the pavement to knock doors, meeting people where they are and having one-on-one conversations is at the heart of what we do. Indeed, this campaign is based on emphasizing individual talents, protecting community assets and promoting collective policymaking – all of which inherently require social engagement. Nevertheless, we live in a world with virtual tools with which to be creative. Social engagement and temporary isolation are not mutually exclusive in 2020.
“For the immediate future, we are moving all in-person events to virtual mediums. Our town halls and policy workshops as well as neighborhood meet-and-greets will be held on online conferencing platforms. I will also hold daily “office hours” via Facebook Live every weekday, between 11 am and 12 pm to discuss district issues and respond to questions. Finally, our extensive canvassing efforts will be replaced with phone banking and digital outreach to engage voters while practicing social distancing. Together we can do this with your help. Spread the word, engage your friends in conversation and participate in our phone banks, virtual town halls, and office hours. No pandemic will stop us from returning State House District 16 to constituent centered, data-driven policy benefiting us all.
“We will closely monitor the status of COVID-19 and adjust our strategy as needed. But for now, we ask everyone to continue showing strength, courage, and love by staying home. Remember while you may not be at high risk of severe consequences from catching the virus, community spread is very real. Our actions impact everyone around us so to protect seniors, the immunocompromised and others in our communities, follow health and quarantine guidelines from officials.
“Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay engaged.”
Ben Marcus is a small business owner and graduate of Jacksonville University. He lives in the Sunbeam neighborhood with his wife and three children where they attend Ahavath Chesed (The Temple). Ben believes in the power of community to solve its issues and that legislators should work collaboratively with, not act to subvert, local elected bodies. He doesn’t take money from businesses or PACs, nor does he have a political committee. Ben’s campaign for State House District 16 is focused on proving another way to run for and serve in public office is possible, where ethics and collaboration outweigh ideological purity and insular decision making.
Please visit VoteBenMarcus.com for more information about the campaign.
Resources on COVID-19:
Florida Department of Health:
The Florida Department of Health also has a COVID-19 Call Center Available 24/7 at +1 (866) 779–6121 or you can email COVIDemail@example.com.
Centers for Disease Control:
City of Jacksonville:
Duval County Public Schools: