Admittedly, Person County is not an "A" list county in the world of statewide politics. Other counties have more votes, more money and are easier to get to. so it is understandable that we are not overrun with statewide candidates.
But this year we seem to be especially overlooked, ignored even. We have well over 12,000 democrats who vote rather well and are only 30 minutes north of Durham and the I-40 corridor so we are not that far out in the sticks. We have had multiple grassroots type democrats contact multiple statewide campaigns oer the last two months trying to get one to attend an event or two. With one exception, all have found other places to be, sometimes with good reason sometimes, .... well, not. We have had to beg for campaign materials, been brushed off, and given the run-around.
The one candidate who has, so far, attended an event was Richard Moore, and that was essentially for the relatively few "more established" democrats et al who can write checks. We have our "big" event coming up on April 22 and have only 3 statewide candidates who have expressed interest, and that includes the judicial candidates. Several campaigns have offered surrogates, which is fine, but they are only considered "possibles" at this point.
I have criss-crossed Person Co. putting up my county commissioner signs, and I could have very easily put up signs for another candidate or two. As county chair (until becoming a candidate) for most of the past five years, I have some experience in that area. I am also a teen democrat adviser; you'd think a campaign or two would have reached out based on that alone.
This will not change who I vote for or keep me from voting or any such nonsense as that, but there is a huge difference in simply having my vote and having my energetic and vocal support.
Yes I am whining; but the point I make is valid. Votes lost in May may well be lost in November, and all those dollars don't necessarily translate into votes.
If anyone cares to send me some cheese, I'll take some smoked gouda.
Thank you for reading.