Letter to the Editor: COVID campaigning
I’m volunteering for the political campaign of Nancy Larson of Sylvania who’s running for state representative in the 47th district. A retired social worker and a first-time candidate, she’s the endorsed Democrat.
When we began in January, we sketched out meetings, festivals/art fairs/sporting events/parades/fireworks to attend. We planned to knock on 10,000 doors in the district. We planned house parties where Nancy would meet people and raise money.
The coronavirus, of course, changed all that, making campaigning, and the all-important factors of name recognition and fund-raising, far more challenging.
Leading a committed team and working 50 hours a week, Nancy rolled up her sleeves and found work-arounds: hundreds of invitations to online town halls were sent; a hearty website (nancyfor.us) was created, and in addition to a Facebook presence she added a Facebook livestream program at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, during which she interviews community leaders on local issues. She ramped up phone calling and scoured the district for the scant community activities at which, in masks and shields, she and the team could meet the public.
This is the exactly the type of person we need in Columbus: quick on the rebound, open to new ideas, hardworking, and committed to serving the people she represents with integrity and compassion.