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Democratic Candidates: File Now! [Update] - Open Thread

Last Summer, I wrote a short series of posts on

Why we need to have Democrats run in every race,

What it takes to be a candidate,

and Obstacles to succeeding as a candidate.

I will be filing myself tomorrow for NC House 37, but I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to seriously consider running and to think about it now before filing ends on Feb 29th.

You may be the candidate you've been waiting for!

Bumped, fp'd by Betsy. This is a perfect open thread to keep track of folks filing in your area.

Immigration: North Carolina's Challenge

Statue of Liberty

 "Give me your tired, your poor,
  Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
  The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
  I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

This is what greeted my 10 year-old great-grandfather when he and his family sailed into New York Harbor in 1893. They stepped onto Ellis Island without documents. They were quarantined, processed, and then sent on their way to build our country. After a few years, they filed naturalization papers and became citizens. My ancestors were looking for a sanctuary country and they found it in the United States of America.

The Zen of Door Knocking

Today, we kicked off our door knocking campaign, and I could not be happier. I personally rang the doorbells to over 100 voters today. I talked to many folks who were home or working in the yard, and left my calling card if they were out.

The connection that is made when you approach a voter at their doorstep and submit to a “job interview” is priceless. I learn so much from each encounter, and that knowledge makes me better prepared to serve each voter as their Representative.

I have called door knocking the “heart and soul” of the campaign – it is both a winning strategy and the best way to serve these people I care about, because I know them and now they know me.

Ed Ridpath for NC House - Party in Holly Springs Tonight!

Our End of Summer Party is tonight Thursday, August 30th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Bass Lake Retreat, 900 Bass Lake Road in Holly Springs. We will have food, drink, music and Ed Ridpath campaign supporters, young and old, from across North Carolina.

Our Failing Public Infrastructure

Today at our house in Fuquay Varina, all the lights went out, followed in seconds by a loud boom. It took us a few minutes to figure out that a local electric transformer a mile or so away had probably exploded, most likely from an overload in the 99 degree heat. It took about 2 hours to restore electricity in our neighborhood.


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