The Journey is the best part
This week we walked three days: Sunday for a few hours, Wednesday and Friday for a few hours. Jane, Byron, Kathy, Dale, Tom, Liz, Jeff, Mary, Bob, and Walt, your help in donating your time and legs to the campaign, is what makes our effort great. I heard that our campaign was the one to watch, that we were being talked about. This is because of a few simple rules. The first is to let people know that the campaign is not about one person, but about a grassroots movement.
Stories as we walked were various. There were not many different stories. The ones that tie together are the ones that interest me the most. These replies have come in different ways. They all boil down to one thing. These people are convinced that they are not going to vote for me. I have been told that they are Lifelong Democrats, Firm Democrats, Diehard Democrats, Dedicated Democrats, and Committed Democrats. As each of these replies to my introduction came, I asked one simple question. "Will you take the flier, and if I am elected use the pone number and email to contact me about your concerns or issues. They were all pretty much dumbfounded. Most took the fliers. None were rude or inappropriate at all. For that I am thankful. For the most part I want to hear everyone’s opinions and everyone’s comments. If I am to be a Representative, it only makes sense that I represent the constituents of the House district. I can only do that if listen to all points of view. As I explained this to those who considered themselves anti-Republican, they mostly softened and were very pleasant to speak with. One man today actually thanked me for walking the precincts. There were many others who were not so devout. They like many of us are tired of a lack of representation and too much take without asking. The general mood and attitude was frustration with the present administrations, both local and Federal.
We ran into the angry, happy, cynical, and active. They all had one thing in common, which was that they are excited. We will continue to walk. We will continue to talk, and we will continue to let people know that we are a very viable campaign and we can win.