Barry and his supporters are doorbelling in Blaine this afternoon in advance of his participation in the July 4th parade tomorrow.
Monday and Tuesday of last week Ruth and Al made nearly 150 calls to a list Barry provided in advance of his kickoff party at Boundary Bay on Wednesday evening. This was a good list that even included some cell-phone numbers, not often seen in the Obama campaign last year.
Most expressed their support with little prompting, having received, and remembered, the letter Barry had sent earlier. In that letter, Barry included:
We also need leadership on the County Council regarding the proposed new jail. My opponent [Kathy Kershner] has been passive on this issue. Instead of using her role as Council Chair to take a lead – which we need – she has deferred to the County Sheriff who thus far has shown little regard for county finances while pushing this extravagant facility. The proposed jail includes a Sheriff’s office of nearly an acre in size and is far too large and expensive for Whatcom County. The proposal moving forward does not include critical mental health services and will undermine cost effective approaches.
One supporter talked with on the phone said he thought this paragraph in the letter was a mistake, that because Sheriff Elfo is popular in the county this would cost Barry votes. When we mentioned this as Barry greeted us at his kickoff we added that what government needs is more candidates who will take hard positions. Barry didn’t pontificate. He simply smiled.
The party was a real bash. After an introduction by the Mayor of Bellingham, Barry spoke with fire. Then, after a brief pause, he was back on stage with an electric guitar, joined by his two sons and a friend. The place rocked!