Walking through the neighborhoods of District 19 and talking with members of the community was one of the best parts of the Primary Campaign. I enjoyed everything that is special about the district: connection, a unique sense of place, relationship, hospitality, conversation, and spirited dialogue.
It was fun and informative to talk with people. They eagerly shared interests and concerns, provided insights into past and hopes for the future of their neighborhoods and the larger community. Grandparents invited me to join them for a meal, young parents talked about school funding and education issues, and business owners expressed both worry and enthusiasm about prospects for the coming year.
As the very talented, multi-faceted network of campaign volunteers, worked the phones, canvassed the neighborhoods, ate too much pizza, and talked to people in public forums, we were constantly reminded of the interconnectedness of residents of District 19. I am grateful that the old concept of “neighborhood” that I enjoyed when growing up in District 19 is still alive and vibrant.
The uniqueness, individuality, and talents I see daily among our residents, our volunteers, and my fellow candidates are the inspiration for this blog. My goal is to present the voices of District 19. Yes, I will provide information about the campaign in the blog. And–let’s grow closer and more connected by sharing stories here at Voices19. Please send your remembrances, recognize a neighbor, friend, or family member, share experiences, hopes and dreams, or acknowledge someone, someplace, or something that is special in District 19. You are cordially invited to join the dialogue!