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Kristina Wilfore

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Kristina Wilfore is the executive director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC), a position she took in 2002. Before joining BISC, Wilfore was the Communications Director of the Center for Policy Alternatives.[1]

Kristina grew up in Kalispell, Montana. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs.

"Tool for political gain"

In July 2007, Wilfore told a writer for the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, that ""Both sides are using initiatives as a tool for political gain." Reporter Jim Camden characterized Wilfore as believing that "In some respects, the final details of the initiative aren't the key to the strategy for either side. Whether they pass or fail, initiatives on the ballot generate conversation among the candidates and help convert activists to campaign workers. And they could be the thing that sparks interest in a saturated electorate and a cash infusion from the deep pockets." Camden additionally quoted Wilfore as saying, "some voters are going to be burned by the time either side has a nominee" and paraphrased her saying that "big donors might be tapped out for candidates and looking for other places to put their money."[2]

In February 2007, Wilfore characterized BISC's goals to a reporter for the New York Times as "We exist to look at the opportunity for initiatives, to turn out otherwise unmotivated voters." Wilfore was reported in the NYT article as saying that BISC's 2006 involvement in minimum wage initiative campaigns in five states came about "in anticipation of highly competitive races, and because of requests for BISC’s assistance from activists on the ground." The NYT report also says, "Though BISC was founded in 1999, its efforts to get voters motivated to go to the polls through the strategic deployment of liberal-oriented ballot initiatives gained serious momentum in 2006."[3]

In a November 6, 2006 interview with Business Week, Wilfore said, "We're trying to get progressives to take a more proactive, aggressive posture. This work on the ground with religious and community groups helps progressive candidates. We saw an opportunity to exploit their interest in a positive way."[4]

Transit campaigns

In January 2006, Wilfore gave a presentation at an annual gathering of the American Planning Association on how to pass transportation initiatives.

Old people and California Prop 8

Wilfore told a reporter for TIME magazine in October 2008 in reference to the prospects for California Proposition 8 that "A lot of people are going to have to die" before those supporting gay marriage will have any easy time of its at the polls. A conservative critic responded, "While Wilfore was not wishing for the deaths of thousands of elderly conservative voters per se, one can imagine the ire the media would focus on such a statement of say a conservative activist annoyed with elderly voters blocking Social Security reforms."[5][6]

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