We've got a whole slew of races in all 50 states thanks to Governor Dean's 50-State Strategy
. There are state parties who have the staff and resources to support our candidates. And what's more, there are candidates who can win
, more than any other cycle, thanks to the idea that every seat should be challenged.
We kicked off this new blog feature today, with 3 stories from Fighting Dem and netroots candidate, Tim Walz over on the DNC Blog:
Signs of Change
On a Friday night this summer, a volunteer and I were putting up yard signs along a county highway here in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District. We decided to stop at a farm house that had both Democratic and Republican lawn signs posted. Some people along this highway will allow anyone to post a sign while others only post signs of candidates they actively support. We knocked on the door and explained the purpose of our visit. The home owner said, "Sure, we've been waiting for you guys. Please run out and take the Republican signs down and put up your signs!" When we got out to the bean field we realized the signs we were supposed to take down were Congressman Gutknecht's. Every time I drive by that bean field I can't help but smile as I read Tim Walz for U.S. Congress.
"Knock and Drag"
On a morning canvass this summer, I was walking a route in Winona, MN and was walking in a precinct made up primarily of Winona State students. At one door the student who I was looking for had moved but the student currently living there was big supporter and wanted to know what they could do to help. I told them how important canvassing was and they signed up on the spot and came out for the afternoon canvass shift!
Knowledge is Power
At the Rochesterfest festival, an intern I were gathering email addresses for our Walz Wire monthly email update at the same time the Gutknecht team was also gathering signatures. I sent our intern over to see what the Gutknecht team was gathering signatures for and went back to collecting email addresses. When I met back up with our intern she had actually recruited one of the Gutknecht volunteers to work on our campaign. It turns out the Gutknecht volunteer was a high school student who hadn't heard about Tim and just wanted to get involved in politics but when she heard what Tim was all about, she knew she had to join the Walz team!
Don't let the Walz campaign have ALL the fun....
Send us your stories and pictures! | And get out there and make some memories this campaign season, it's a beautiful time to Volunteer and change our country!
( Yeah, yeah, I'm in a ridiculously good mood today - it's a great day! Full disclosure, for those of you that don't already know, I'm the Online Outreach Coordinator for the DNC, a fancy way to say I get to do blogging, outreach and stuff I love all day long to help elect Democrats, and I get paid to do it!)
Update!: (via e-mail) Congrats to Tim and Gwen!!!!:
Democratic congressional candidate Tim Walz and his wife Gwen are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Gus Whipple Walz. Gus was born today, Friday, October 13th at 2:40pm at Immanuel - St. Joseph's hospital in Mankato.
Gus has brown hair and brown eyes. At birth he weighed 7 lbs, 13 oz and was 21" long. Mother and baby are both doing well.
Gus' big sister, Hope is looking forward to bringing her baby brother home from the hospital early next week.