Like my daughter’s cat, Davey, I am looking forward to the end of this campaign season. I hope to get a little more sleep after November 6, and get caught up on house work and yard work… one of the bad things about door to door campaigning on weekends is seeing so many Shoreview residents working so diligently on their fall leaf removal, and feeling guilty that I’m (1) distracting them from their work, and (2) not at home tending to my own yard! But overall, it’s been a true pleasure to get to meet and chat with so many of you. I’ve met maybe two people who were slightly grumpy about a “politician” showing up at their door, but over 99% of the people I’ve encountered have been extremely friendly and gracious, and they’ve made me proud to say I live in Shoreview. One family on Amber Drive, when I showed up just as they were about to serve dinner, even invited me to sit down to eat with them! (The food smelled great, and I was sorely tempted, but I had to get home to have dinner with my own family!)
In the past two months, as of Oct. 30, I have so far door knocked at over 900 homes in Shoreview, to say hello and find out what questions, comments, or concerns people may have about city matters. Admittedly, that’s less than 10% of the households in the city, but I’ve been intentional about distributing those visits throughout the city to get a good sampling of what’s on peoples’ minds. Those 900 door knocks include 73 in the city’s smallest precinct (P-1), 223 in the city’s largest precinct (P-6), and between 120 and 192 in each of the other four precincts, and I have also made a point of visiting all types of homes- I’ve been to ramblers, mobile homes, million dollar lake homes, apartments, and town homes. In addition to the door to door campaigning, since late July, I’ve taken the opportunities to reach out and meet people at several different events at the Slice of Shoreview, nine different block parties at this year’s Night To Unite, the city’s Kids Garage Sale/Touch-A-Truck event in September, the Shoreview Clean Up Day and the Lake Johanna Fire Department Open House in October, and of course responding to phone calls and emails from constituents.
In the final few days before the election, my hope is to knock on the doors of at least 200 more homes. I’ve been concentrating my efforts on getting to the blocks I didn’t get to when door knocking in my previous campaigns in 2012 and 2014. Of course, I realize that there has been turnover in some homes during that time, so just because I’ve been to your house doesn’t mean I’ve necessarily met you. So, if you’d like to make sure I get a chance to talk to you before Election Day, please feel very free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll make sure we connect.
In case we don’t have the chance to talk in person, let me take this opportunity to remind you to vote! As of Tuesday, Oct. 30, in person absentee voting is no longer available at Shoreview City Hall, but you can still do that at the Ramsey County Library in Shoreview, from 12-6pm this Wednesday through Friday, from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, Nov. 3, and from 9am to 3pm on Monday, Nov. 5. Or, you can of course vote at your precinct’s polling place between 7am and 8pm on Tuesday, Nov. 6. To find out which precinct you live in, and where your polling place is, please visit the MN Secretary of State’s Polling Place Finder. As for me, I’m planning to vote on Monday, and I am taking PTO from my “day job” on Tuesday so that I can spend the day standing almost as close as legally permissible to polling places, holding up my campaign sign and waving to passing drivers. If you see me as you’re on your way to vote, please give me a friendly honk! After the polls close, I will be gathering with family and friends at a Shoreview restaurant to await election returns, and you are welcome to join us- I’ll be posting the complete details on that by Thursday, both here and on my Facebook Page.
Oh, and for the almost 100 individuals and families who have so kindly allowed me to put one of my signs in your yard this year, please leave the signs up until the polls close at 8pm on Nov. 6. I will start coming around to collect them later on Tuesday night, but it will most likely take me until Thursday to get all of them, so I appreciate your patience- please either leave them where they are, or if you’d rather, pick them up and leave them near the front door of your house, and I’ll pick them up just as soon as I can!
It’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Shoreview for the past four years, and I hope to have that chance for another four years. Thank you for your consideration!