This weekend was particularly rewarding. I had the opportunity to meet voters in three counties, folks attending the Stafford Fireman's Parade, a group of voters in the Town of Murray and attendees at the St. John Lutheran Church hosted Hamlin Strawberry Festival. Not only did I walk away with a fulfilled sense of voter sentiment, I purchased a delicious bowl of shortcake while at the Strawberry Festival.
As much as the 139th is diverse in its four-county membership and the unique communities that comprise the district, voters seem to share the same sense of urgency. The state is in dire need of responsible leadership. The most discerning question that was often repeated, "Are you the incumbent?"
Incumbency may be a focus, and "Throw the bums out," has been a rallying cry for some time; I do not intend to invest my time exploiting that single itch. The voters deserve a comprehensive action plan for righting state government. I do not intend to rely on slogans, generalities and gladhanding to engage district voters. My approach to the campaign is my approach to the business of state: ideas, study, dialogue, study, alliances, concensus. I don't mean to oversimplify the legislative process. I have a long history conducting negotiations, and I know the dynamics well. Please anticipate a detailed look at my policies.
I hope everyone had time to celebrate Father's Day. I did so vicariously. The weather was spot-on! See you along the campaign trail...