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The 2016 general election is eleven months away. The primary, for candidates who draw an opponent, is eight months away. Candidates are already out engaging with voters – before you complain about the length of our campaign season(s) consider this: a candidate can always raise more money, the can always print more literature and signs, what they can’t get is more time. One on one contact with voters is the most effective thing a candidate can do to get elected. There are a lot of voters out there – and that personal contact takes a lot of time.

Judy Baker (D),  Democratic Party candidate for State Treasurer, in Warrensburg - December 13, 2015.

Judy Baker (D), a Democratic Party candidate for State Treasurer, in Warrensburg – December 13, 2015.

In almost every county across the state politically active people gather for one reason or another, sometimes on a regular basis. These gatherings are a convenient concentration of voters for candidates seeking that direct voter contact.

Gordon Christensen (D), a Democratic Party candidate in the 4th Congressional District, in Warrensburg - December 13, 2015.

Gordon Christensen (D), a Democratic Party candidate in the 4th Congressional District, in Warrensburg – December 13, 2015.

One Sunday evening in Warrensburg there was one such gathering of engaged Democratic Party voters. It was an opportunity for several candidates to talk one on one with people who actually bother to vote. Judy Baker, a candidate for State Treasurer; Gordon Christensen, a candidate in the 4th Congressional District; and Kyle Garner, a candidate in the 52nd Legislative District utilized the occasion for that one on one engagement.

Kyle Garner (D), the Democratic Party candidate in the 52nd Legislative District.

Kyle Garner (D), the Democratic Party candidate in the 52nd Legislative District.

There may or may not be an opportunity for a candidate to address the crowd. The smart candidate circulates and engages every person present. When you witness that actual engagement from a candidate you know that individual understands the process of retail politics. And in case you’re wondering – it’s very effective. For candidates it’s probably the one part of the process of running for office that they enjoy the most.

Previously:

Judy Baker (D) is running for State Treasurer in 2016 (October 2, 2015)

Judy Baker (D) – announcement for State Treasurer in 2016 (December 7, 2015)

Contemplating the 4th Congressional District (November 6, 2015)

Gordon Christensen (D) in the 4th Congressional District – November 7, 2015 (November 8, 2015)

Gordon Christensen (D) announces in the 4th Congressional District (November 18, 2015)