Door knocking for a political campaign can be a daunting task especially for someone who has never done it.
When I began my campaign for First Selectman in Orange, Connecticut, just a couple of months ago, I had no pre-conceived notions of what it would entail.
I have found it to be informative and exhilarating. Is it at times frustrating? What effort isn’t at some point? But when you connect with the person on the other side of that threshold, the reality of what you are doing and why, comes full circle.
I have met people in Orange who have never had a candidate knock on their door before. The appreciation they express just to know someone wants to hear from them is what keeps me going evening after evening and weekend after weekend.
Those concerns and observations of what the residents see as issues for our town are what drives me to run for office. Orange is a great small town and has continued to be so for nearly 200 years.
But the status quo does not mean there isn’t room for change and improvement. Who chants, “Yay, we are number 2”? We strive to be number 1.
Making improvements in a small town really does take a village. It isn’t about any one person. It is about listening to the residents and making a bipartisan decisions for the good of all. It is about engaging the business leaders. It is about engaging the town staff, from the person sweeping the floors to the clerk in the next office to the person maintaining our infrastructure. Listening to what all of the people in our town have to contribute is what a true leader does. Door knocking has afforded me the opportunity to listen.
Learning is an every day occurrence. None of us can have all of the answers, but collectively, as a team, as a village, we can do better.