Since I worked on another campaign as the Field Director, I knew exactly what Early Voting would entail. Oh, wait, this time I was the candidate.
Let me tell you, it was great! I had so many conversations with people about their concerns and issues. One woman stopped to tell me I was wasting my time, but Board of Education is a down-ballot race. Another candidate and I were stopped by a gentleman who had initially eliminated us. We were able to change his vote to us after a few minutes’ discussion. Many people come to the polls ready for Senate or President, but a personal connection can make a difference in a this race. I don’t have the money for TV adverts and for some reason, CNN is not preempting presidential news coverage for Howard County’s Board of Education race.
But the Baltimore Sun/Hoco Times/Columbia Flier are certainly covering it! That is much appreciated. In addition, they endorsed me and my fellow Educator Apple Ballot candidates – saying that we have “spines”and “charisma.” (When I was five, I think they called me “annoyingly precocious.” 😉 )
I also used my time at the polls to deepen friendships with other candidates and their surrogates, knowing that good relationships with other community leaders will be important as a Board member. I have been friendly with my fellow candidates despite some major differences of opinion with the incumbents. As a Town Center board member, I have some different opinions from my fellow board members, but discussions have always been collegial. I plan to bring that to the Board of Education in December.
If you would like to see the current Board in action, please check out this video (Click on April 21 7:30) from last night’s budget discussion. There was a wee bit of name calling…
Maryland had record voter turnout for Early Voting – Howard County had almost 10% of eligible voters turn out in the past eight days. Check Scott E’s blog for more detail on daily and party turnouts.
Primary day is Tuesday, April 26 from 7 AM to 8 PM. If you’d like to help to hand out my campaign literature, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. An hour or two would be awesome. But if you can’t, please support me by telling your friends & neighbors who might not have tuned into the Board campaigns. The top six candidates will go on to the November General Election. With your help, I will be one of those six.