This will be my final blog in The Marshall Democrat-News. I have enjoyed writing about my thoughts and the campaign. At times, people took issue with some of the things I wrote about, but at least they took the time to read them.
The primary election will be on Aug. 7, and I hope that everyone exercises their right to vote. It is important. All of the candidates deserve to be heard. I hear comments from people who say that candidates are in it for themselves, that we are jaded and just playing the game. I do not believe this to be true. I get a lot of joy when I am able to help someone. I feel that holding a political office is a trust and an honor.
I believe this to be true of my opponent, as well. We are going to have differences of opinion on political issues, but hopefully not on how we view our fellow human beings. We should always strive to do the best that we can while running for office or holding an office.
I had an interesting conversation last Thursday when a lady came up to me and declared that I had upset a person due to a blog I wrote. I honestly did not know why that person would be upset, and I have had several opportunities to be with that person after that blog appeared. I felt very badly after hearing what the lady told me, so I called that person and apologized if I had upset him. He said that there was no problem and that he was never upset about that particular blog. I felt a lot better, but it did open my eyes about some things.
People can read the exact same thing and come to different conclusions. The best thing to do is to try and talk to everyone in an honest and forthcoming manner. I try to keep my cool, but I will bet that a few people that I have talked to while going door-to-door know that they got under my skin. Politics is funny, people are sincere and in many cases resolute in their beliefs. Sometimes they take it out on candidates or those already elected. Try to look past what the party politics are telling you and actually discuss the issues with your candidates. You might find that we arrive at the same ending point from opposite directions.
I went to a Republican friend of mine at his place of business immediately after being told that I had supposedly upset this person. He told me that he votes for the best person and that I had his support. While I was there, another Republican entered his business and we all had a good chat. I have known both of these people for years, and they both ended up telling me that they would take my signs and display them and support me. That made me feel much better. I hope that people who know me will realize that I am a phone call away.
That gets me back to the main point of this blog. Now that we have gotten past the primary, the paper cannot continue to publish my blog. I understand this; it would be seen as an endorsement, and that would not be proper.
I want to thank all concerned for this opportunity to discuss my campaign and the things that I have learned and felt while campaigning. I am going to miss writing for the paper, but I still have a webpage, and I will continue to write on it.
I am on Facebook, and I would welcome anyone who wants to follow me there. At times, we get into some fairly spirited discussions, but I am OK with that as long as everyone knows where I stand.
So, there is a primary on Aug. 7, a general election on Nov. 6, and a lot of walking to do, a lot of yard signs to plant, and a bit of fundraising yet to do. I am trying to hit as many events as I can, but I don’t always hear about them, so let me know if there is a community event that I can attend.
My calendar has really filled up. I am going to attend as many council meetings and community meetings as I possibly can. I think that there will be a forum or two at some point, and I look forward to those events.
If you wish to discuss anything with me, feel free to contact me. I really want to hear about your concerns.
Thanks again to The Marshall Democrat-News for this opportunity; thanks to all of you who have read these blogs, and please vote in the upcoming elections.
I hope to see all of you on Facebook.