Saturday, March 29, 2008

Knockin' on Doors

Today begins the final five week stretch of the campaign. I will spend all afternoon knocking on doors in Raleigh Court and introducing myself to folks living in the various RC neighborhoods.

This is another one of the really fun activities that makes campaigning such an interesting and energetic experience -- getting to meet new people by just going up to their front door and knocking on their doors.

If anyone cares to join me over the next five weeks wandering neighborhoods across the city, just let me know and I would love for you to join me.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

St. Patty's Day

Even though the weather was forecast to be bad, it looks like St. Patty's Day may turn out to be a nice day after all.

A group of us will be running the 5K race this morning, then I will move on and march in the parade downtown with my fellow Democratic candidates for City Council. Should be a fun day - and of course, having never run for public office (nor having ever thought about running for public office) this will be the first parade in which I have ever marched.

I hope the parade turns out well with lots in attendance because I know of the hard work that has been put into arranging it -- it's a good event to bring the region together.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Neighborhood Meetings

For anyone who truly wants an up close and personal look at the happenings of the individual neighborhoods in Roanoke, I highly recommend attending some of the monthly gatherings the neighborhoods host. Guests are always welcomed warmly.

Over the past month, I have attended five different neighborhood alliances/organizations/forums/meetings, from Wasena to Melrose-Rugby. Each meeting I have attended has provided me with so much insight into one the greatest assets Roanoke has -- a sense of community. As with anything, each neighborhood has issues unique to the area, but more often than not, the issues are very similar. From better code enforcement to keeping the neighborhood and its parks clean and sightly to minimizing crime, most of the folks I have met simply want their community to be the best it can.

I have many more meetings on my schedule over the next two months, and if elected to Council, I will continue to attend these meetings to keep informed and in the know as to what is going on in the various neighborhoods in Roanoke.