It's a given in local politics that to get elected, you have to go door-to-door and meet the folks. It's expected and it's cheaper than an advertising budget. But these days no one is home during the day and door-to-door campaigning is pretty well limited to from 5:30 to 7:30 in the evening—a time when you often irritate people by interrupting dinner.
Gary Loe, a Republican primary candidate for the seat being given up by state Rep. Harry Tindell, has been on the door-to-door trail for some time. Asked about the reception he has received, Loe acknowledged that some people are irritated, but most people are friendly and courteous. In fact, he said he got two invitations to come in and have dinner. Loe said he had to defer the invitations because he had to keep campaigning.
What are the legislative issues on people's minds? They mostly want to talk about the mess in Congress and talk about the local fight over an increase in the school budget and property taxes.
CORRECTION: Gary Loe's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.