In a recent conversation with a longtime acquaintance, I was told that many in his circle do not believe that I am totally committed to my campaign for reelection. Somehow it has been overlooked that I am a full-time chairman who has major responsibilities in a County that ensures the safety and quality of life for 760,000+ residents and provides services to 13,000+ businesses. I address my County duties in the morning, campaign early in the afternoon, and then have evening engagements during the week and weekend. The Board meeting last Tuesday went to nearly midnight and I didn’t leave my office until much later. Thursday evening, I was a civic participant at a wonderful program for middle schoolers at Campbell High School
Fitting in a grassroots campaign means one thing–you forfeit practically any personal life you have with your family and friends. In the last 3 weeks Judy and I have canvassed approximately 2000 doors. At a minimum we do this 5 days a week. Every development that I canvassed this week had homes perched on knolls. You get more than your steps walking up and down the driveways and between homes.
It is a campaign that is primarily supported by small donors. Many of them have responded to my open commitment to my faith walk. They don’t ask for much, just a government that calls them back and tries to help them with their problems. I came from that community and despite the sacrifices that come with this campaign, meeting them at the door once again has been refreshing.
Yard signs will begin to mushroom again as our wave of canvassing and phone banks begin to spread. So, my answer to anyone who still doubts that I am committed is to call me and walk with me just one day. You can also make a difference by donating and volunteering. Ask a friend to drive and, with our new digital canvassing app, you can meet your neighbors. All you need is an iPhone or iPad. We’ll come train you on it. Judy and I have been using it for 3 weeks and it’s great!! No more paper reports.
My weekly video addresses, among other things, the major achievement last week of the Board’s approval of a step-in-grade pay table for our public safety officers. This will be the third pay raise for many of them during my first 3 years in office.
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