Yesterday, from Lindsey Simmons (D):
“The political-industrial complex thrives on the politics of big money. Everywhere you turn people want you to pay money for polling, phone number lists, media advertising, filmmaking, scriptwriting. All with a pitch on how their product helps you win.
The key to winning is simple—earn the most votes. But money doesn’t vote—people do. When a billionaire and a working person cast their vote, it counts the same. That’s why outreach to every single voter—regardless of their zip code matters.
That’s what the #MO04GravelTravel road trip is about. I’m visiting every single community. Today, I did town halls in California and Sedalia. But I also visited a small Missouri town, population 200+ that didn’t have a single paved road, where the average income was $12,000.
My plan was just to reach out to these voters with a contactless literature drop. But then, I saw some incredible things—one house in town decorated in Biden signs—surrounded by Trump signs on all sides. People will tell you “signs don’t vote.” Of course they don’t. But people see those signs. They see that someone else is a Democrat when they thought themselves alone. People respond to the signs. Motivated to plant their own. Inspired to vote because if their rural town has three Democrats and you make four—well, you might make the difference.
So I changed my plans slightly. I pulled over at the Dollar General in Urich and bought some pens and lined sticky notes. Every single time I saw any Democrat sign—Biden, Nicole, Yinka, Betteridge, Williams, Chesney, Kinney, or myself—I handwrote a message thanking them for doing that work.
Because out here our signs are stolen. They’re shot. They’re torn. They’re burnt in our front yards. But these folks do it anyway. And when they stand firm it gives others permission to do the same. Mark my words—we will never win back each of our communities if more people don’t feel comfortable stepping forward and identifying as a Democrat.
The first step is letting people know they aren’t alone. Each sign is a beacon of hope—signaling that people who value healthcare for all, public education, unions, women, racial justice, family farms, environmental policy and democracy live here, too.
So many of you are doing that work right now. Your courage and persistence in the face of intolerance and hate cannot be diminished. You are doing good, powerful work. I see you in Calhoun. I see you in Holden. I see you in Deepwater. I see you in Green Ridge. I see you in Tipton. I see you in Fortuna.
I see you.
And you have my heartfelt thanks.”
This evening, from Judy Baker, a candidate in the 19th Senate District:
30 mins ·
Respecting what the science of Public Health tells us, Team Baker has decided to suspend major events and gatherings. Social distancing works to contain Covid-19 and I am working with professionals and officials where I can to help meet the needs of this region. We will stay in touch through social media. The campaign is moving forward, please stay engaged. We pray for all those affected and will work to keep the community informed where we can. Baker4MO.com
Wisdom. Empathy. Concern. You know, the way it’s supposed to be.
Judy Baker (D) – Sedalia, Missouri – January 25, 2020 (January 27, 2020)
The 4th Congressional District spans twenty-five counties from central to west central Missouri. Campaigning in a district with this expanse, in addition to the paid media and mail, can also entail quite a bit of retail politicking. Today we took the opportunity to accompany Cass County Prosecutor and Democratic Party candidate for the 4th Congressional District Teresa Hensley as she campaigned across the district.
The first event of the day was a meet and greet and luncheon in Warrensburg. We then drove to Sedalia, meeting with volunteers staffing the Pettis County Democratic Headquarters. From there we traveled U.S. 65 to Interstate 70 for a late afternoon session of door to door campaigning in Boonville. After that, it was a relatively short hop to Fayette and an evening meet and greet with Howard County Democrats.
Teresa Hensley, Cass County Prosecutor and the Democratic Party candidate in the 4th Congressional
District, campaigning door to door in Boonville, Missouri.
Speaking with a voter.
Walk lists help keep the process moving along efficiently.
Yes, it was a brisk Fall day today – for a change.
Teresa Hensley (D), speaking to Howard County Democrats at a meet and greet on the square in Fayette, Missouri at the end of a long day.