Not everyone was home. I talked to 13 people and just left flyers for 10 others. I broke my walking time up into two parts as well, doing one when it was light and the other after dark.
Here’s a little bit on what happened.
5:00 – 6:00 Walking Run
As a result my clipboard and my walking maps got wet. I also had some flyers get wet. It was not promising.
I started out on Dearborn Avenue, and went to this apartment where a Brandon lived. Well, Brandon wasn’t living there, but there was some guy in a tank-top hanging out the door wondering if I was there to fix his mold.
He didn’t seem happy when I told him I wasn’t, but he did talk politics with me for a few moments, after I spilled all my papers into the snow on his doorstep.
He said he was in custodial but wanted to be in construction, and was having a tough go of it right now. He seemed to think we have too many people in prison, and I agree. Overall I feel as though he’s a bit more conservative, and this is what you get when the person you thought was there isn’t.
There were some Indians at the next apartment trying to get their car fixed, and since they were all standing outside and had heard us talking, well, I figured I’d go over and say hello and tell them I’m running. They informed me that they were all felons and couldn’t vote, but did wish me luck.
Overall, not the best way to get going.
The Back Streets of Walking Map #1
I got a few more houses and gave my little speech, which goes like this:
Hi, my name’s Greg Strandberg and I’m running for the Montana House of Representatives. I just wanted to come by and introduce myself and let you know you have a choice in the June 3rd primary.
I got over on this one street and there was a guy moving some stuff around in his truck. I said hi as I passed by and then noticed a house I needed was right there.
I turned back and said, “Jerry?”
He said “yeah,” so I introduced myself and gave him my flyer. He asked me if I was running against “that windbag woman we’ve got in there now,” or something like that, and I said no, I’m running against Willis Curdy, but I’d like you to remember Greg Strandberg.
He said he knew Curdy and didn’t like him, so that was good. Then he asked who I’m with, and I said the democrats. He said “I was afraid you’d say that,” and that we need more conservatives or something. I told him I hoped to work with people around the state and thanked him for his time.
See, on my sheet I have people going from strong democrats all the way to independents. He was an independent, and I only hope he remembers who came by and talked to him.
7:00 – 8:00 Walking Run
I covered my clipboard and hurried home, since it was after 6 o’clock. After eating dinner and dropping Jenny and Paul off at the YMCA I headed back home.
This time I hit up Walking Map #2 and boy was it tough. It was already dark, and even with a flashlight it was difficult to see.
The good news is that most people were home. I had one guy open his door from his recliner, and I just gave him my card. He had his computer on his lap, so I hope he checks out my site.
Another woman was very quick and looked down at my card, then asked me what ideas I had. I told her we need to get these hi-tech companies here like Bozeman has. She liked that so that went well.
One woman thought her son was knocking on the door, playing with her, but seemed happy when I gave her my card. And one old woman almost wouldn’t open the door for me.
In the end I managed to get home by about 8:15 and rush up to the Y to get Jenny. It was a good day and I hope I can come up with strategies to tackle more houses and more area next time.