One of the joys of this campaign has been getting to meeting neighbors in Senate District 47. Every week during our Saturday morning Coffee & Canvassing event, I have interesting conversations with these neighbors, learning about their lives and what is on their minds.
Just recently I knocked on the door of a teacher named Emily, and she shared her concerns regarding public education here in Iowa. Unequal school funding means that her school is losing money next year, and she’s not sure what is going to be done to fix that. Not only are funding, teacher pay, and benefits a concern, but she and her students also have to worry about gun violence in schools. Though Emily had much to be worried about, she commented towards the end of our conversation that it was so nice to meet someone to actually talk to about these things, because that just doesn’t happen anymore.
I know it can seem scary to go knock on a stranger’s door and strike up a conversation. But I have not only learned valuable lessons about what residents of this district need from their legislators, I have also built connections and learned more about the community I live in. I couldn’t be prouder to have the opportunity to represent District 47 in the State Senate.
If you’re interested in getting to know your fellow Quad-Citians and get the word out about our campaign, please join us for Coffee & Canvassing! We meet at 9:30 am every Saturday morning. This week we’ll be meeting at the Coffee Hound located at 3451 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf. Grab a cup of coffee and a walking list, and head out to enjoy the beautiful weather and good conversation!
See you there!