This has been a long, hot spring turning into a hot summer. The corn looks great; it is tall and green and seems sturdy. However, looks are deceiving; I was told by quite a few people while campaigning that the corn is in trouble. We needed rain, and quickly. Luckily, we got a moderate amount and we may yet have more in store. It ought to help a lot. I just hope it wasn’t too late. We ought to know soon enough if full ears appear on the stalks. I have a feeling that most farmers already have a fair appreciation of how the crop will fare. I will keep talking to them about it, as we all know that agriculture is our largest source of income for Saline County, and probably a first or close second in Pettis and Johnson counties.
This past week, I completed my door-to-door activity in Sweet Springs, Emma and LaMonte. No excuses now. I must get going on Warrensburg and Marshall. I am still waiting for people to invite me over for a chat with them and neighbors. The various Democratic committees and clubs are all starting to gear up for the general election, as the primaries are pretty well set. I have been told that a few get togethers are being planned throughout the district, so I hope to get more one-on-one time with the voters in this area.
I am also gearing up for some fundraisers. I have a few ideas and need to nail down venues and dates, and then I will announce them.
By the way, I can share some information on my Web page that I should not share here. So go to Facebook and search for Vince Lutterbie. Even if you don’t “friend” me, you can read all of the other things I am writing about.
I went to the 40 Club in Kansas City again this past month. They have a lot of good speakers. This month it was Hillary Shields, a candidate for the 8th District Senate seat. She was also at the Johnson County Democratic meeting held at Heroes in Warrensburg. She was quite kind and helpful, and even donated to my campaign!
I also went to city council meetings in Hughesville, Houstonia and Sweet Springs. I am getting a good idea of what these communities are needing.
Melody and I also attended the NAACP awards banquet. There were lots of community and education awards, and there was a scholarship awarded to a young man, as well. Great food, lots of good people and a few speeches. The keynote speaker was Dr. Troy Nash.
He spoke of his humble beginnings in a lighthearted manner, but the subject was serious. He is a great example of someone lifting himself out of poverty by sheer willpower. He also spoke of his brothers and his mother, who initially did not fare as well as he did. He talked about always being hungry, and how the family had to move due to problems not always under their control.
The most amazing thing about him was that he went back home after making good, and spent a year preparing his three brothers to take their GED exams. They all passed. He says that was the proudest moment of his life. There were a lot of people at the banquet, including some Republicans. My opponent was there, as well. We had two short, but pleasant chats. I don’t think I talked him into voting for me though. There’s still time; we don’t get our vote until Nov. 6.
Melody and I also went to the Marshall Kiwanis picnic at Indian Foothills Park. I used to belong to that group, and it was great seeing so many familiar faces. They were all curious about the campaign, so I had a lot to talk about.
I have gone to a few other functions where I was not known at all, so I had some shirts made at Viking Athletics and I will wear them to events. Members of my committee and big donors will get a shirt as well, if they desire one. They could be a collectible one day.
It is never too early to talk about the primary. Both parties have multiple candidates for the U.S. Senate, and Proposition A will also be on this ballot. There may be a few contested races here and there throughout the district, but my particular race is not contested in either party.
There are a few Libertarians scattered about as well, so do the right thing and get to the polls. If you are not registered, you can go to the county courthouse and fix that situation, but do so quickly, as the deadline is upon us for voting in the primary.
So, back on the road again, except for the Fourth of July. Let’s all have a great and safe Fourth, and if it rains, be happy for the farmers.