Hi again everyone!
Back to the campaign again this week, but a quick reminder to vote on April 3. City councils and school boards are on many ballots, and in Saline County, there is the sales tax proposal, which I discussed last week.
In the past two weeks, I have been busy meeting with local Democrats and several committees. In some cases, it was an introductory type visit, as I have not been very active in politics outside of Marshall. Visits to Sweet Springs, Warrensburg and Kansas City have all been on the agenda.
This past Tuesday, I went to Jefferson City to see the inaugural signing of the “Our Promise to America” document, which lists 10 things that Democrats intend to do on a national level. It is loosely based on Newt Gingrich’s “Contract For America” that was so successful in the 1990s. A candidate from Independence is circulating it, and trying to get as many Democratic congressional hopefuls to sign it as possible.
In other news, I am gearing up to begin my door-to-door campaigning. I am going to start with the towns where I am little known, such as Houstonia, Hughesville and Mt. Leonard. I finally got some printing done, so I will go armed with door hangers, business cards and self-addressed envelopes, which people can use to send contributions, offer to put up a yard sign, or work on a committee. Eventually, I will need assistance on the door-to-door campaigning, but initially, I want to talk with as many people as I can in order to hear their concerns and ideas about this district.
I hope to do well in the traditionally Republican leaning rural areas, and then really kick it in for Marshall, Warrensburg and Sweet Springs.
If you see me on the streets, please feel free to stop me and talk with me for a bit.
My major concern is economic viability for the area. If you can get that going, then everything else generally falls into place.
If you want to discuss more state-related or nationally-related topics as well, then I am all ears. I don’t have much to do with North Korea, Russia or the national debt though, so don’t expect much of a policy stance on those issues!
Melody and I are attending an awards dinner in Warrensburg on Saturday. A lot of the local Democrats will be there, as well as representatives from the entire state, and even some at the federal level. An unexpected personal expense for being a candidate is the extra shopping involved so that Melody can have newer clothes to wear at these functions. We had a good time going around to the various local establishments getting her fitted out for the upcoming events.
I am getting a lot of mail from all sorts of sources. Most want money, including the state Democrats. They want money to fight for issues ranging from the Democratic agenda, to money for advertising, to money to run ads against our governor. Once again, these are statewide issues, and I am trying to focus on District 51’s issues at the moment. I know that I will be representing the entire state, if elected, but if I don’t know my local area’s problems and strengths, then I certainly cannot hope to incorporate those into a statewide mandate.
I figure that St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia have enough representation and power behind them, so that I need not worry too much about their local issues. I want to focus on what brings opportunities to our area.
That still means getting up to date on what is happening on Interstate 70, U.S. Highway 65 and Route 40, and any other roads and bridges in this area. Transportation and infrastructure are ongoing issues and need to be factored into any other opportunities facing us. Toward that end, I am meeting with the regional MoDOT area engineer on Tuesday to try and find out what the situations are concerning these particular roads.
That’s it for this week. I hope to be in your neighborhood soon!
Have a happy and safe Easter season!