Day 1: 24 Hours: 76 Hours to go

Today has not only been a long and tiring day but a very rewarding one. I have traveled from Raleigh, starting at Finches, to Lexington to begin my 100 hours of campaigning. Along the way, I met with a lot of people and heard their stories. I heard about their concerns about agriculture and about North Carolina in general.

I met with students at North Carolina Central in Durham where we discussed the importance of agriculture in the education process. When I was a teacher, I learned about the need for a strong foundation in education, and worked to establish exactly that in my students. North Carolina needs an agriculture commissioner that is going to put a strong focus on education in future agriculture jobs. The students and I also discussed the need for an energy policy that benefits North Carolina. I heard the students' concerns and their excitement on the possibilities that this new policy will create.

While stopping in Burlington, I spoke with fellow North Carolinians that understood how important an energy policy that focused on North Carolina-made biofuels was. This is in the wake of many gas stations not having gas during an economic crisis. While at lunch, I listened to concerns about natural gas, something I committed to finding more out about.

Today, we stopped in both the local office of senatorial-hopeful Kay Hagan and presidential-hopeful Barack Obama. I talked with their volunteers and staff and we discussed the importance of turning this state blue.

I met supporters that I hadn't spoken to before in different areas around the state. My first 24 hours have been extremely rewarding. I am excited to see such an energized North Carolina about the election. This is something I have not seen in my time.

Coming from a small town, I am reminded of the Southern hospitality that North Carolina has to offer. Everyone I met has been open and receptive. They have been excited to see an agriculture commissioner that leaves the offices of Raleigh to visit the people -- an agriculture commissioner that rolls his sleeves up and walks the fields of North Carolina.


Beautiful Ronnie

In the past when canvassing for mom we've hit all doors instead of just Dems and Unaffiliated voters. It is surprising how many people appreciate having a candidate - any candidate out knocking on doors, shaking hands and actually listening.

I can tell you're energized by this. Keep up the good work.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Great campaigning!

Thanks for letting us know about your day campaigning. I hope you'll come back and tell us more about it.

For the first time in my life, I live in a rural area, and I'm loving being able to buy local produce from my neighbors. I am worried about fertilizer run off into my well, though.

Any way - I'm glad we've got a strong person who understands these issues running for Agriculture Commissioner.

I'll be watching...

I saw a supporter of yours in one of the commerce buildings at the North Carolina State fair on Sunday. Too bad you weren't there yourself because the person running the table didn't know a lot about your platform. After reading your home page, I don't either. You talk about biofuels, but I see no specifics at all. All I see are sound bites. Economy - Agriculture is key! Key to what, exactly?

The only reasons I can think to vote for you:

On this link, Troxler says "Continued success of agribusiness, which produces more than $70 billion a year" is one of his #3 priorities. I don't think Agribusiness needs any more damned help. Let's see some help for small, family farms, increased support for farmer's markets, decreased regulation on small farms, higher taxes and strict enforcement of EPA rules on hog CAFOs.

Under Troxler's watch, charcoal dye is supposed to be added to raw milk. This coming from a Republican. Enough government oversight! People who want raw milk are going to get it - there's no need to criminalize nature.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on these issues.

Thanks for bringing up your questions

What part of the state are you in? I'm in Union - very rural with part of the county trying to be Charlotte, Jr. I have some of your same concerns - esp. about small and family farms. We buy locally and have great farmer's markets. I buy from one farmer who will tell us where he bought what he's selling if he didn't grow it himself. I have a garden, but can't grow enough. I'd like to see our government working to make it easier for these family farmers to provide local produce/meats/poultry to the community. I'm also interested in buying raw milk, which I can if I'm going to give it to my pets. I want it for myself for health reasons.

I wish you had been here for the live blog with Ronnie. These would have been good questions. Maybe we can email him and get him to stop by. I'll take answers even if I don't agree. That lets me know where I have to concentrate my efforts.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.