Progressive Club To Focus On Election Outcomes

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Sanibel resident and National Political Consultant Bob Schaeffer. Photo provided

The Progressive Club of the Islands will hear Public Policy Communications head Bob Schaeffer at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 on Zoom and Facebook, when he will discuss the topic: “Election 2020: What happened? Why? What’s next?”

Drawing on election results, exit polls, voter surveys and other data, national political consultant and 20 year Sanibel resident Schaeffer, will analyze the outcome of this year’s unprecedented political cycle, and explain the key factors responsible for the campaigns’ outcomes. He will also talk about the next steps for progressive activists in southwest Florida and nationally, to build power and influence public policies. There will be ample time for questions and comments.

Schaeffer works with national non-profit organizations, grassroots activist groups, political campaigns, foundations, and socially responsible businesses seeking to deliver their messages to mass audiences more effectively and efficiently. Since 1970, he has held senior positions with many statewide and local campaigns for both candidates and ballot questions specializing in in strategy, field organization and earned media.

From 2004-2010, Schaeffer organized and coordinated the Florida 501 C3 Civic Engagement “Table”, whose members were responsible for registering more than l.2 million new voters, while running non-partisan, get-out-the-vote drives that significantly increased turnout in historically disenfranchised communities. Currently he is President of FairDistrictsNow, the Florida statewide redistricting reform organization, and Treasurer of the Progress Florida Education Institute.

Leading more than 300 workshops on political campaign management, media relations, public speaking, strategic planning, and advocacy skills, Schaeffer wrote the popular political campaign handbook Winning Local and State Elections. Prior to becoming a full-time consultant, in l984 he was Editorial Writer at the NBC-TV affiliate in Boston, and host of a talk show on a regional National Public Radio station. He previously served as Research Director for the Massachusetts Legislature’s Human Services Committee.

To attend the meeting email to receive the Zoom link, or watch live at Annual dues for the Progressive Club are now payable to PCI for $30 for individual or $60 per couple. Mail your check to PCI, P.O. Box 898, Sanibel, 33957. For more information contact 239-994-3l75 or email

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