It’s time to get back to work! The past few weeks have brought a few new events to my campaign.
I have begun fundraising. The candidate in the 54th District, James Williams, states that fundraising makes him uncomfortable. It makes me a bit that way, but I need to overcome it, as these things do take money. I have sunk a fair amount into my campaign already, but I am mailing letters and trying to come up with some good fundraisers. I want people to get something out of them. I am trying not to feel guilty about the fundraising, as I am hoping that people will see my work ethic and feel that I am worth it. I am also not sure just how connected people are feeling about the race yet. I put a plea out on Facebook for people to invite me to small gatherings for questions and answers, but so far I got a bunch of ‘likes,’ but no invites. I just have to keep trying.
It is early yet, but each day that goes without me making a connection is another opportunity wasted.
I have been to several meetings in the past few weeks. As usual, I went to the meeting at the sheriff’s meeting room for the Democrats in Saline County. Everyone brings a pot luck dish and the food is always great. This group is combining with the Progressive Democrat group to bring us Truman Days on June 8 at the Martin Community Center. That will be a great opportunity for anyone to meet the Democratic candidates for the August and November elections. I am lucky enough to not have a primacy opponent, but I will be there and I look forward to meeting a lot of people.
I also went to the Sweet Springs council meeting and learned a few things. They are having the city pool redone, and there are weather siren issues and other budgetary concerns. Going to council meetings anywhere is always an educational opportunity.
I will be going to Houstonia’s and Hughesville’s next scheduled council meetings, as well. Sometimes these meetings are in a time conflict with other events, but I want to hit all of the town’s meetings at least twice before November.
To that end, Melody and I walked door-to-door in Houstonia and Hughesville this past week. Next are Grand Pass and Mt. Leonard.
I talked to a lot of people in both towns. I asked open-ended questions about what they felt I could do for Missouri. One guy told me to get rid of Claire McCaskill. Another guy just down the road said to get rid of Governor Greitens. I told them that I wouldn’t be able to do either one, but asked what I could assist with within my limited realm, if elected. The general answer is jobs. That is nice, but rather vague, and besides all candidates want to get jobs for the area. I try to get them into specifics, such as help for farmers, if I could help with getting a grocery store or small business. Most people are not that specific, they just want jobs.
I also want to work with veterans and get more benefits for them. I want to try and get each fire department and police department some assistance.
Once we begin talking about these things, instead of federal problems, the conversations get better.
I try not to approach doors if dogs are barking. That just gets people in the house upset. I may be waking them from a nap or interrupting a phone call. In that case, I place my flyer under a windshield wiper if a car is parked outside.
A few signs that Melody and I noted while going door-to-door; one read “Live, Laugh and Love, if that doesn’t work, then Load, Aim and Fire.” Another sign said, “No Trespassing. Violators will be shot, survivors will be shot again!” Gotta love small town humor (I hope it’s humor!).
If anyone is thinking about running for office and having their wife walk door-to-door with them; I have a word of advice. Be sure to compliment their choice of clothing as it is apparently very important. Also, scout ahead of time for public restrooms, or you could have a grumpy spouse. I thoroughly enjoy having Melody walk with me. She has a sunny personality, always makes me laugh and I can’t imagine a better day than to be with her on a project.
On May 8, I returned to the 40 Club in Kansas City, where the unions are working hard to get the vote out against Proposition A; the right to work referendum. While there, I met several statewide candidates, a few more state representative candidates and Steven Webber, the chair of the Missouri Democratic Party. He spoke about the need for more permanent Democratic headquarters and his plans for implementing these. As you know, headquarters for both parties crop up just before the elections, but he wants something a bit more stable and have to them used as information sources year round. This sounds good to me. I got to speak with him after the program.
OK, getting my feet ready for Grand Pass and Mt. Leonard!