With 80 days until election, it has been an honor to be a part of this campaign. So far, we have knocked on over 5,000 doors and made 2,000 phone calls. And, I knew I would meet some caring, good citizens, but am touched by the depth of the conversations.
These District 78 citizens are deeply concerned over the current affairs and politics of our state and our country. To no surprise, they express concern over health care, education, and infrastructure mostly in that order. But what is a surprise is another concern they share over the widening divide between the two parties. They understand that differences and tensions exist between individual freedoms and the collective action of government; but, they also know from history that our democracy exists because of our ability to forge constructive compromise to run our government.
Currently, this widening gap leaves little room to participate for those in the middle. This could indicate why so few participate in our political process – they do not want to identify with either faction. And, here in Tennessee, we may see an end result of this by being last in the country in voter turnout. Personally, I think we would be a better society if more are involved in governing ourselves.
And so, get registered, review different sources of political views, and be involved. And then, let me hear how I may best govern if so elected. I look forward to meeting more of you during these last few days.