It was the best of times….

I saw something awesome today. I was at the Capitol (naturally), in the House gallery (of course) and it was full of people. Some teachers, but a lot of new faces. I believe it was parents and students! FILLING the gallery. I can only assume it was the same in the Senate. It was wonderful!!! We really have passed the torch!

I’ll be back in my classroom tomorrow. In a way, I’m excited, but I also know that it begins another paragraph in this story where I am now juggling the campaign, my job, lobbying, family, and rest/self-care. I can do it! I will do it!

See, something you may not know about me is that I will do what I need to do to achieve my goals. Obviously, I work within my moral guidelines as to how far I’ll go. I wouldn’t, for instance, rob a store just to complete my Rubik’s Cube collection. I wouldn’t neglect feeding my child so I can instead buy the next iteration of Assassin’s Creed (although I must admit I have delayed the cooking of dinner to finish DMing an online game of D&D).

Did I mention I’m a nerd?

My new obsession is this campaign, so I know that if it’s possible for me to win, I will. But on this, I cannot go it alone. I have to have help. So this is my call to arms!

There are many of you who believe in me and what I can accomplish in the Senate. I also know how many of you who are just as out of time and money as I am. I need to ask those of you who have one dollar or one hour left over at the end of the day – can you help?

I have made a lot of phone calls over the past few days, asking people I know and love to donate to my campaign. It’s really awkward because I know how much everyone is hurting right now. I’ve never been much of a hard sell – I do better at selling a product than I do asking for donations. But the fact of the matter is that a campaign cannot succeed without it. So if I ask you for a donation, please remember where my heart is and try not to get frustrated. If you can’t afford it, just tell me. It won’t hurt my feelings and I’ll feel better knowing you can tell me the truth without it getting weird. 🙂

Having said that, if you can afford it – even $5 – or if you can help me knock doors, or talk to your neighbors that need a good suggestion on which candidates to be looking into, or anything that helps this cause, please do it! I have a long road ahead. I know I’m capable of seeing this through, but I can’t do it alone.

I also know that the other guy has a head start and WAY more money. This is going to be grass roots. But there is strength in numbers, and together, we can convince the voters of SD24 to vote for kindness, empathy, and change instead of the same, old, “proven” thing.

You’ve seen me post this everywhere lately, and I hope you will spread it around:

Consider donating to the campaign. Consider setting up recurring payments, even! (That’s totally a thing!)

I’m going to get off my knees and stop begging now. At least for the moment.

In case you were wondering, Inman tried again today. 1086, 3113, and COLA, all failing to be heard. This time, a new set of ears and eyes to witness the stubborn. But one familiar voice yelling, “Shame!”” and “See you tomorrow!”

I don’t know why I thought the idea of not being re-elected would actually make these guys change their ways. I guess they’re just really sure of themselves and are convinced they can do whatever they want and still get the votes. It’s OUR job to PROVE THEM WRONG.

Oklahoma, elections have consequences, and we deserve better. Stop doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results! End the straight party voting, research your candidates and vote for who will do the best job, regardless of the letter D or R next to their name. VOTE! But DON’T be a lazy voter! Educate yourselves! Look at voting records, not just what they say.

Now I’m getting into weird territory, because I don’t actually have a voting record, so how can you know I’ll do the job well? You don’t have to take my word for it. I may not have a voting record, but the record of my life speaks for itself. I’ll sit and chat with you for hours if you’ll let me. I’ll have a town hall. I’ll have a coffee. Whatever helps. I’ll invite people who know my heart that you can talk to you as well. Look back at old Facebook posts. Look at my Twitter! Which, I don’t really use these days, but when I did, I was cool for two seconds!

That was a lie….

Anyway, I am going to shut up now, stop looking so desperate for approval, and read my kid a story before putting her to bed. That’s our favorite part of the day, and the sooner I get to it, the longer we get to read!

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