A Democrat running for the Scott County Board of Supervisors has unveiled a unique strategy to promote his candidacy: a Paul McCartney concert ticket giveaway contest for people who find a hidden life-sized cardboard cutout of him and take a selfie with it.
The candidate, Ken Croken, said in a statement Friday he hopes the contest will be a fun way to get voters involved. The move is his alternative to more political yard signs.
Those are “are multiplying like rabbits across Scott County," Croken said.
“I hope this tactic will engage voters, rather than attempt to overwhelm them,” Croken said in the statement. “Scott County is especially beautiful this time of year and I don’t want to spoil the view with hundreds of signs.”
Starting next week, the campaign plans to put two cardboard cutouts of Croken in different spots around Scott County. The cutouts will move around at least once a week, and clues to their location will be posted on the candidate’s Facebook page, the campaign said in a statement.
McCartney, the bass-playing legend known for his songwriting with The Beatles, is scheduled to play at Moline’s Taxslayer Center in June, a show that sold out in September less than an hour after tickets went on sale.
Croken will give away two tickets. The winner is to be selected randomly from the pool of participants after the Nov. 6 election. The campaign says people can join in by emailing photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or posting the images on Facebook with the hashtag #CatchKenCroken.
Croken, a former marketing executive with Genesis Health System, is one of six candidates running for three seats on the five-member board. The others are Supervisor Brinson Kinzer, a Blue Grass Democrat whose first term is ending this year; Democrat Rogers Kirk Jr., a Bettendorf pastor; John Maxwell, a Republican from Donahue, Bettendorf Alderman Scott Webster, a Republican; and Carla Williams, a Davenport Republican.