I addressed the state convention of the Oklahoma Federation of Young Republicans today. I encouraged the attendees to continue to push their fresh ideas and perspectives into our Party’s conversation. I reminded them that they’re not just the future, they’re the present. And I talked about some of my own experiences as a Young Republican (standing outside Al Gore’s mansion in 2000 chanting “Get out of Cheney’s house” was one such memory).
It was great to see everyone, and Rachel and I appreciated the hospitality very much.
So, I wanted to let them know how important I think they are in our community, and listen to their thoughts about the future of our state. I spent a little over an hour this afternoon with Gloria, Barbara Anderson (a former Putnam City High School English teacher who taught with my dad), and Nathan Winfrey (no relation to Oprah) at the Tribune offices on 23rd Street. It definitely won’t be our last such visit.
(Pictured: David, Barbara, Gloria and Nathan)
I won’t start every blog entry with a question, but this is another one I get a lot. If this is a question you have, my first answer is “Thank you.” It truly means a lot to me for people to want to give of themselves in this endeavor.
There are several ways you can help.
One is to donate . Truly, anything is appreciated. There are many expenses associated with a campaign, and having the funds necessary to get our message out is critical.
The second way you can help is to volunteer. This will become even more important as time passes. As we get close to the election, we will need all hands on deck to succeed. But there will be some volunteer opportunities even in the coming weeks. I have worked and volunteered in campaigns, and it can be a lot of fun. It’s real American democracy, and you know that you’re making a difference.
The final way you can help is just to stay in touch by signing up to receive e-mail updates. And then spread the good word. Word of mouth in a campaign is as important as anything else.
Thank you for support.
The title of my first blog entry is the question I am occasionally asked when I tell someone I am going to run for the State Senate. Usually, it’s said jokingly, but one can detect a hint of true concern in the speaker’s voice. I suppose public service has never seemed less attractive. But for that reason, it has never been more important.
For me, the question is easy to handle. I want to serve. I think I can do some good. And I want to give back to the community that has done so much for me. That’s why this opportunity in 2010, to potentially represent the people and places that made me who I am, has been hard to ignore.
I am truly thrilled at this opportunity, and I’m anxious to get started. I look forward to walking the streets, visiting with old friends and neighbors, and listening to your ideas for the future of our state.
Today, the day I have officially thrown my hat in the ring, is an important day, but this is a marathon, not a sprint. Thank you for visiting the site, keep in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) over the course of the next year, and know that I appreciate your support very, very much.