Yesterday, I received a letter. It’s written by someone who now volunteers for my campaign. I will let the letter speak for itself. Thank you Barb, I am so grateful to know you and for all you do! (Posted with permission)
Did you ever have an experience that left you feeling energized and inspired?
I’ve always been a bit of a political junkie and even volunteered for a few national candidates. But, I have never experienced the excitement of a real grass roots campaign up close and personal until Doug Maesk knocked on my door as I was on my way out one Saturday.
He is running for Tamarac City Commissioner, a nonpartisan position, in District 4. I found my political ‘fix’ that Saturday afternoon by putting a checkmark in the ‘will volunteer to go door to door’ box on his card.
The first time I went knocking, my granddaughter went with me. She said “Grandma, why did you volunteer to do this, it’s hot and boring?” My answer was “I guess I was stupid enough to check the box.” Then we laughed.
But now I’m glad I checked the box. It feels right.
It was a unique experience to meet a candidate in person, sit at his dining room table for an hour, and ask him anything. The other interesting part was to discover that he never really had political aspirations. He just saw things in our city that needed to be changed.
I asked him why he decided to run and he humbly replied, “I just felt like I needed to do something.” It gave me a feeling of gratitude that I live in a country where it is possible for anyone to change things if they have the desire to try. I have always had admiration for anyone taking on such an endeavor as it is not without its personal sacrifices.
Now I don’t mind the heat, well, too much. It’s worth the excitement of knowing I was responsible for getting a homeowner to let me put a campaign sign in his yard. And it wasn’t just any yard. It was in a prime location that everyone in our neighborhood probably passes twice a day as they go to and from work. Since the yard has a slight uphill grade, I lightheartedly call the sign ‘a beacon on the hill’ and smile each time I pass it.
All campaigns are important, large and small, but especially small. Small is where we live. Small affects our lives directly.
If you can help, even just a little, please do. You won’t regret the experience. I am loving every moment of it!