August 16-23 was spent meeting people at the Crawford County Fair while at the county Democratic Party booth. We had mostly pleasant weather with only one off and on rainy day. I was able to make over 140 strong contacts.
We were also registering, changing party or changing address for voters as an outreach service. I am happy to pass along that our efforts netted 40 forms completed with over one third of those changing party! Another exciting accomplishment for the county party was the securing of a headquarters through the end of November. The address is 926 Diamond Park, Meadville, Pennsylvania and all persons who wish to get more active in our party at the local level are encouraged visit. We will be set up soon and have our first monthly meeting in the facility September 4 at 7 PM. Our chairman, Pat Donahue, wants everyone to know that we have signs and literature for all candidates. All of us who are candidates need you to help by phone banking, knocking, contributing and taking yard signs. It is my personal goal to have signs only in individuals yards and all polling places. I am not a fan of intersection littering which happens every political season.
The mountain top experience of the week at the fair was assisting two 72 year old citizens as they registered to vote for the first time. If there was a second it would have been explaining to a 5 year old what was the purpose of political parties. Turn on teacher mode. I think he understood….he smiled and said thank you!
Finally, fair food and fair events….my personal favorites – locally made ice cream (hand dipped and soft serve), fresh baked pies, fresh cut french fries and sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions. The event – draft horse pulling contest.
Events this week – school begins for students in our district August 27, celebration of the 19th amendment on the capitol steps tomorrow, August 26 and my high school class reunion this Saturday, August 30.
Yesterday afternoon was the official opening of the Wolf/Buzzaro Campaign Headquarters at 1101 Peninsula Drive, Erie. Mr. Buzzaro is the incumbent Democratic candidate for the 3rd District and of course Mr. Wolf the Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania. It was standing room only as Mr. Wolf graciously and patiently shook hands and posed for countless photographs. Nearly all of the regional candidates where there including: Dan LaVallee, 3rd congressional, Michael Muha, 50th PA Senate, Kurt Smith, PA 4th, and Flo Fabrizo who is unopposed in his Erie County race. My student intern Ellen and I made certain that we had shutters flying. I also discovered that my skill at taking a “selfie” needs a tremendous amount of refinement.
I was able to converse with several voters during the Meadville Market House “Second Saturday” this past weekend. The energy one receives from the contact with fellow community members can not really be described. The closer we get to November should prove this energy to be an overwhelming experience!
This morning which extended to the afternoon was an informative and insightful visit with former
county commissioner Roger Williams and his wife Betty. Their wisdom and patience are the fully evident in the polished gem of their wisdom. Betty also artfully listed 20 persons who will be valuable contacts on the campaign journey.
This Thursday is Crawford County Fair Democratic booth assembly, 6 PM. All are welcome to assist and offer their creativity in arranging and decorating the booth. I’d like to have a ‘selfie’ area in the space which could prove to be an impossible squeeze. If you can’t make the set-up party see you at the Fair August 16-23!
Our past weekend at “Thunder in the City” proved to be a pleasant way to meet voters face-to-face to request their support and hear their concerns and opinions. We completed Saturday with a trip to the Cambridge Springs parade. While it began with a soggy start delayed by an hour of torrential rain and hail we finished in the sunshine seeing smiling faces all along the way.
This week was also exciting as my newly printed business cards arrived with the additions of website and Facebook connections. Additionally, with stretching of the campaign funds, Pat was able to order t-shirts which I have dubbed “purple power.” The front displays the yard sign design while we added in two lines on the back with these words: “If not now when…..2014 (next line) Vote November 4.”
The “purple power” received its first public exposure last evening at the Cochranton Parade. It was a beautiful evening, a fantastic crowd with a three car Democratic contingent. I was very pleased that Wayne Hanson (Democratic nominee for the 17th District) and I were joined by support of the Donahue, Adsit, Bradshaw and Brown families. The smaller members, all young ladies, looked great in “purple power” while they enjoyed throwing candy during the route.