Down in Lane County, you'll find one of the hottest blogs in Oregon.
Nope, not a political blog -- but a blog all about scrapbooking and family, by Ali Edwards... better half of legislative candidate Chris Edwards. The discussions may not get as heated as they do here at BlueOregon, but Ali Edwards draws more comments day-to-day than we do.
Yesterday, Chris posted a guest column on Ali's blog -- all about running for office. A few choice cuts:
These days, I spend a lot of time walking door-to-door talking with regular people about the real issues facing Oregon's families. And I’ve heard it all. I've met people with chronic illnesses, who have to take their medicine every other day- because they can't afford the prescribed daily dose and are forced to gamble with their health. I've met the parents of children in kindergarten classes with 25 other kids- and I know that is simply too many.
The reality is, regardless of party affiliation, 90% of Oregonians want 90% of the same stuff- and we just need legislators to get to work for the people.
More and more, people want Representatives who are going to work hard for them in the legislature. People are checking out of the political process here in Oregon because they see how unresponsive their Representatives are to the real issues affecting their lives. Yet when special interests say "Jump", our politicians ask “How high?”
The way I see it, I am interviewing with every voter on their doorstep for a job representing them in our state capitol.
While Ali sometimes blogs about Chris's campaign, it's often from the view of the family - with personal reflections on campaign life.
Back in March, Ali posted some thoughts about filing day down in the Capitol -- and their four-year-old son, Simon, arguably the cutest kid in Oregon politics:
Simon and I drove up in the afternoon to meet him and attend a reception for Democratic candidates after the deadline had passed.
I decided that Simon needed a new outfit for the occasion. He was so cute in his button-down shirt, sweater vest, blue overcoat, khakis, and boat shoes (loafers).
He got to run around on the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives, try out the seats, try to push some buttons, etc. We were just so happy that he was able to handle all the people. I think he really enjoyed the whole thing.