Calcara for Kansas

Calcara for Kansas

From Matthew Calcara

Matthew Calcara is running for Kansas House District 30 (Olathe/Lenexa) in 2018 against right-wing Rep. Randy Powell. (Paid for by Calcara for Kansas - Brett Hoedl, campaign treasurer)

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Update #4

9 months ago

Less than $1,000 left to raise for our first Fundly campaign! Thank you to everyone who has donated, your support has been absolutely astounding, with ~$5,000 already donated across all of our digital platforms (as well as via check).

And by the way, we do gladly accept donations via check!

If you prefer to give that way rather than donating online, please make checks payable to "Calcara for Kansas" and mail them to:

Calcara for Kansas
14362 W. 118th St.
Olathe, KS 66062

Again, thank you to everyone has contributed so far. Your enthusiasm for working to make Kansas a better place to live, work and thrive is exactly what we were hoping for when we started this campaign. Seeing it come alive in the community has been an absolutely amazing experience, and something for which we are truly grateful.

One last thing: keep your eyes and ears peeled for our official campaign rollout, which is coming later this week. Even before launch, we've been given an on-air shoutout by the folks at KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City's community radio station.

And to think...we're just getting started!

Official campaign site: https://matthewcalcara.com <--Launching soon!

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Who is Matthew Calcara?

3rd generation Kansan, the son of an Air Force veteran / labor lawyer and a public school teacher.

Shawnee Mission East & USC graduate.

Digital project manager with transportation, travel & tourism background.

Democrat & technocrat.

Builder of websites and consensus.

Proud to be LGBT.

Trying to be the change we've been waiting for.

Learn more at https://matthewcalcara.com.

Why Am I Running?

I got sick and tired of being sick and tired of politics in Kansas, and realized that if we don't start getting involved in it, then the change we want to see is never going to happen.

All over Kansas, from Lenexa to Goodland, hard-working middle-class families are finding themselves paying an ever-greater share of taxes, while facing increasing class sizes, deteriorating roads and a shredded safety net. Brownback's tax giveaways have left thousands of businesses exempt from paying their fair share while working people bear an ever-heavier burden in the form of sales and property tax increases.

The Brownback experiment has failed--it destroyed the state budget while actually weakening the state's business environment.

The 30th District where I live includes 3 major highways and hundreds of transportation, logistics and construction firms, all of which are suffering thanks to Brownback's budget cuts to KDOT (Kansas Dept. of Transportation). Infrastructure maintenance spending has plummeted by a whopping 90% during his tenure.

Similarly, schools are struggling to give Kansas kids a proper education after being consistently and unconstitutionally underfunded.

We're mortgaging the future of Kansas to pay for Brownback's tax giveaways.

It's time to rebuild Kansas. Please show your support with a donation today. Your early support will help our campaign more than you can even imagine.

Paid for by Calcara for Kansas - Brett Hoedl, Campaign Treasurer.

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Matthew Calcara posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #4

Less than $1,000 left to raise for our first Fundly campaign! Thank you to everyone who has donated, your support has been absolutely astounding, with ~$5,000 already donated across all of our digital platforms (as well as via check).

And by the way, we do gladly accept donations via check!

If you prefer to give that way rather than donating online, please make checks payable to "Calcara for Kansas" and mail them to:

Calcara for Kansas
14362 W. 118th St.
Olathe, KS 66062

Again, thank you to everyone has contributed so far. Your enthusiasm for working to make Kansas a better place to live, work and thrive is exactly what we were hoping for when we started this campaign. Seeing it come alive in the community has been an absolutely amazing experience, and something for which we are truly grateful.

One last thing: keep your eyes and ears peeled for our official campaign rollout, which is coming later this week. Even before launch, we've been given an on-air shoutout by the folks at KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City's community radio station.

And to think...we're just getting started!

Official campaign site: https://matthewcalcara.com <--Launching soon!

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Matthew Calcara posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #3

It's been a great week at the Calcara for Kansas campaign.

Thanks to your generosity, we've now raised more than half of what our opponent, state Rep. Randy Powell, had in the bank as of his last fundraising report. And since most of his contributions usually come from PACs, which are not allowed to donate while the Legislature is in session, it's unlikely he's raised much more than the $8,000 or so he had in the bank. But since ALL of our campaign contributions come from individuals like you, who ARE allowed to donate while the Legislature is in session, we've been able to catch up quickly. All told, we've raised over $4,000 in barely more than 2 weeks.

We've received contributions from around Kansas--from Johnson County to Hoisington--and across the country, including California, Washington (state), Missouri, and Illinois. We even received one from a Kansan living in Dubai!

The outpouring of support has been really humbling and we are so grateful for it. If you've donated, please rest assured that you will be receiving a personal thank-you from the candidate himself.

Matthew is just a little behind on his thank-you's due to the volume of donations we've been receiving on Fundly, via check, and on ActBlue, on our newest donation option: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/calcara

The support has been so incredible, we actually ran out of thank-you cards! (don't worry, we can now afford to buy more!)

We've also been working on building up the Democratic Party locally, looking to get people into precinct committeeperson positions so we've got ground troops trained and ready to go (the picture attached to this post is Matthew at his most recent precinct committee meeting).

If you live in JoCo and are interested in helping with this effort, please visit JoCoDems.org and check out the Precinct Committee page: http://www.jocodems.org/precinct-committees/

Again, thank you for your early support for the campaign. Together, we can rebuild Kansas and be the change we've been waiting for!

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Matthew Calcara posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #2

We are thrilled to announce that we've cleared the $1000 mark in less than 2 weeks of fundraising! Thank you all so very much for supporting our campaign to rebuild Kansas!

We're also exciting to debut our new campaign logo, which you'll hopefully be seeing across the 30th District next year as the campaign kicks into high gear. For now, though, we're going to continue working hard to lay the groundwork for a successful campaign. Your early donations are a crucial factor in our success, helping us get organized quickly to reach the maximum number of voters in the course of the campaign.

If you have not yet contributed, please do so as soon as you are able. We're counting on your donations to help us counter what we expect to be a flood of Brownback dollars into the district to try and defend the governor's failed tax giveaways and the resulting disastrous budget meltdown. But with your support, we can do this, Kansas. We can be the change we've been waiting for!

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Matthew Calcara posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #1

We've reached 25% of our early fundraising goal! Please show your early support for the campaign. Helping now helps us focus on what really matters in this campaign much faster--reaching & motivating the people of Kansas to be the change we've been waiting for!

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Paid for and authorized by Calcara for Kansas - Brett Hoedl, Treasurer