Three minutes. That’s the average amount of time I’ve spent on your doorsteps over the last year and a half. I’ve talked with many of you for much longer, and sadly I haven’t been able to talk to some of you because I couldn’t get to your door or you weren’t home. But in those short conversations we have had, I’ve gotten to know you, hear what concerns you, what you hope for, and what you want to see done at the Capitol.
People who run for office are given a platform. We choose how to use it. I’ve tried to use mine to talk about the issues you’ve told me are important, and to tell you what I want to do – fix our schools, bring jobs back for working families, and make sure the least among us aren’t forgotten. My opponent has used his mostly to sling mud. It’s sad and you deserve better, but that was his choice. I’m sorry this campaign has gotten so negative.
You should know a few more things about me: since I was 14, I’ve worked. First it was to pay the bills because my family fell on hard times. I was a waiter, I mowed lawns; I did what I could. Then I worked to get through college. In these jobs, I saw how hard people work to make life better for their families. So, after college, I tried to find jobs where I could help my community. I worked on protecting our civil and constitutional rights, I worked to protect our neighborhoods, and I worked to improve our schools and empower our parents. But in every one of these jobs, I found that I didn’t always agree with the positions the organizations took. Then I worked in the classroom, where I saw that there is so much more work to do, within our schools and outside of them, to make our city and state better. I finally realized that the best way, the most direct way to help make things better here is to work where the decisions are made. And after a year and a half of knocking doors, I’ll be on the ballot on Tuesday so you can decide if I’m the person you want there representing you.
In our three-minute – or ten minute, or hour-long conversations, I hope you’ve gotten to know me. I hope you know that I’ve campaigned with as much honesty and integrity as I can, because it’s what you deserve. I’ve tried to make this campaign about you, because these days it seems like we – the citizens and voters – are the last things on politicians’ minds.
Most of all, I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know me as much as I’ve enjoyed getting to know you. This campaign has really been the greatest time of my life. So, thank you for opening your doors and talking to me about what matters. I really do consider you all my friends now, and you should know that I always fight for my friends.
I hope to earn your vote on Tuesday, November 8th!
P.S. – if you still have questions for me, I’m just a phone call away. My number is 405-283-6362.