updated July 2022
August 2020 Campaign Video
A lot happens when a candidate for public office decides to brave the reality of going out and meeting people at their homes with what are essentially known as "cold calls." There are no advanced preparations nor extended scripts to follow and the people one meets are often essentially unknown. I should know, I've been to all of the more than 12,000 homes in our Legislative House District 13 at least eight times since March of 2018.
For me personally, have roughly walked over 2,500 miles over the past 50 months, most of the time, campaigning and going door-to-door is an enjoyable experience that I will continue if I am elected to office (health and safety permitting). However, there are some difficult and sometimes even painful moments on the campaign trail. Nevertheless, there have been sometimes even more wonderful personal encounters as well.
Fell on black ice and sustained my first tear in my newspaper letter carrier bag and a huge bruise on my left buttox. January 8, 2019
Getting Dripping Wet
As a result of my fall on black ice, I bloodied my hand as well as some of my campaign flyers.
My first dog bite since my 2004 Utah House Campaign. June 24, 2020.
In a commitment to visit every home, sometimes it becomes necessary to discover hidden residences such as these two rental units (to the left out the the picture) attached behind a home. Add the winter effort and the campaign becomes even dangerous as well.
Snow removal by me in March 2019.
Snow removal by someone else February 2020
The worst rain day of my campaign. 2018.
Sometimes just getting to the door takes a little bit of ingenuity and a dash of courage. There can be boxes in your way, bats, or just having to walk the plank.
During my two and a half year campaign, I managed to go through six pairs of shoes.
Had an opportunity to see the 88-year-old Frankie Valli in concert May 14, 2022 at the Maverik Center after a year's cancellation. Decided to finally discard my seventh park of Sketcher shoes. The wet socks this past winter had just become too much.
Rain and campaign flyers don't mix. In 2019, I was asking residents about their thoughts about our state legislature and government. I needed to take notes with a pen in one hand while writing on a clipboard held by my other hand. Add an umbrella for the rain that usually would take a third hand.
Even though this woman wasn't able to walk down the stairs, she still offered me a water bottle by crawling on her legs here last summer.
My blistered foot on January 14, 2021 just as I attempted to undertake a literature drop of the entire 12,000 home legislative district. Just a few days later, my connective tissue of my left leg would seize up making it impossible for me to execute my planned literature drop. It would be another five months before I could start up my campaign again.
The surprising rigors of just dropping literature at homes (2019)
Campaigning can also be fun and entertaining.
The video to the right was taken several minutes before the one on the left and before permission was granted. Uploaded May 23, 2022
A Dark and Lonely Evening 2019
After A Hard Fought Campaign
It's been a real whirl wind of a campaign fraught with many surprises, many great neighbors, and a variety of ups and down. Many thanks to the hundreds of residents who have provided me encouragement and support even in the darkest and most stressful days. Couldn't have made it without you.
Tab Lyn Uno
Candidate for Utah House #13
2021 Community Survey
I tried to begin my 2022 campaign in January of 2021 but my right leg would not cooperate in constantly walking to homes and leaving my campaign flyer. Spent one month in physical therapy without success.
But beginning in July I started up again revisiting every home in Utah House District 13 to conduct my second Legislative Community survey and discover the important issues of our community.
Along the way, I found myself undertaking a few side activities. To the right I am helping a resident park his recreational vehicle. This is not something I usually do. September 20, 2021.
West Point still has undeveloped properties and sometimes long distances between homes. Here I have been out undertaking my legislative survey for over nine hours on July 16 2021. I had only begun to revisit the Legislative District a couple of weeks earlier. This man who I had met more than years years earlier offered to give me a lift to the next home. It was a very welcomed offer. We were trying to save his 3.5 acre pond from the Legacy Extension Project.
My second visit meeting this resident at her home on September 20, 2021. A thrid way through my community survey having visited about 4,000 homes by this point..
Just a few moments later after being dropped off by the friendly resident giving me a lift (see above), a nasty wind storm just came out of nowhere. After nine hours of walking, it was not something I really looked forward to, especially knowing that I would have to walk back to my car that was about a quarter of a mile away on this particular stretch of the campaign trail.
STARTING UP AGAIN TO INFORM RESIDENTS OF OUR
MAJOR COMMUNITY ISSUES
This is a friendly service dog with wearing anti-skid mittens. May 17, 2022.
The dangers of campaigning. Tripped on a curb and ended up flat on a concrete driveway. May 18, 2022. West Point.
MOTHER UPSET WITH MY CAMPAIGN STYLE
New July 2022
First it was my ignoring "No Soliciting" signs and where a woman in 2018 and I got into an intense email argument. I repeatedly ask for her address so I could put her property on my DO NOT CALL BACK LIST but she refused. Now, it is a mother who left a message on my phone on June 1, 2022 complaining because I rang her doorbell a number of times and left a long message on her smart doorbell. She also complained that I parked my car all over with my lawn signs attached.
Apparently according to this mother, she is mad at me and called me a "moron" for using her "ringer repeatedly" so I could leave an "incredibly long message" and waking up her kids because supposedly "whatever you needed to say and do was more important than what anyone else in the world was going on that day." This mother went on to say that what I was doing was "rude." "If we want to hear you, we would answer the door. " This woman also said that I "should stop parking my car in all these places because quite frankly it is hard to see around your car with all your signs over it. You keep doing these dumb things that infuriate me." She concluded that I am making people hate me because I have no consideration for anything or anyone.
I feel her 90-second message on my phone which is about the same length as my doorbell presentation deserves a response. She invited me to call her and talk with her. I did call the same day after I came home but nobody answered so I too had to leave a message as well as a text message about her giving me her address, if she wished, so I could put her home on my DO NOT CALL BACK LIST. I have not heard back from her.
These new fancy doorbells nowadays are becoming more fickle and wearing out electronically. My practice to ringing or knocking on doors over the past three years has been to only ring or knock TWO TIMES. Only if the smart doorbell is acting strangely do I sometimes ring the bell twice and then wait and ring one more time. I ring doorbells twice to leave my message and because sometimes it takes two rings to get people's attention and some do not hear the first ring. I want residents to know I am not the delivery person and that there is a person waiting so not to waste their time coming to the door and nobody is there. I want to be considerate to those people who take the time to answer their door.
I leave a message when I can instead of standing around and looking stupid. Two years ago a man showed me recorded on his phone and I was just standing moving around, looking pretty boringly out of it. Since then, I decided to spend my time more productively and record a 90-second message that happens to be shorter than most ad breaks on television. I do not have the luxury of being rich or having lucrative donors so I can spend thousands of dollars on mostly meaningless television ads. And I leave a message when I can because most people are not home to answer their door. Some form of individual contact with residents I believe is important so that they can briefly experience the person I am.
My campaign message IS important not only to me but to every community member in House District 13. It is part of the fundamental First Amendment Right of our U.S. Constitution that protects political speech. Getting Americans involved in our political process and allowing them to become informed of their choices to select our elected representatives is among the most vital and essential parts of our uniquely American society.
I would be a "moron" not to use and park my car. Utah House legislative district #13 covers 90% of Clinton, 90% of West Point, north part of Clearfield and a small portion of Sunset. To walk just to get to the neighborhood I am canvassing would be impossible. My car is no more a danger than cars with dark shaded windows, big delivery trucks and construction and repair rigs, or semi-trucks that can be found parked in various places throughout our House District. I would argue that some lawn signs that are placed perpendicular to the road are more dangerous to drivers who have to take their eyes off the road to read the signs than my signs on my car that are visible to drivers without them having to turn their heads.
I have been considerate to residents. Especially this year, I have become sensitive to the behavior of "busy" residents who answer their doors and cut my campaign speech short. I do not walk on lawns because I feel that it is disrespectful. I am careful when children answer the doors to only ask for their parents if their parents are not busy. I do not ask if their parents are home. I sometimes help carry delivery goods inside residents homes with their permission. Last year, I helped this little girl coming home from school when she found herself locked out of her home. I waited until I could confirm that her mother was on her way home.
Few people know what it is really like to be a candidate for public office and what we have to experience. Campaigning can be an exhilarating experience but it can also be a devastatingly emotionally painful experience. It can be hard, hard work. Too many residents just do not seem to appreciate that. Maybe this is one reason why it is so hard to get good people to run for office anymore.
Tab L. Uno
This doorbell did not ring on the first push so I rang it again and it rang out. June 2, 2022. Later another Skybell blinked orange as I pressed the doorbell. Then it changed to yellow so I pressed the bell again. No ring. Then it changed to orange so I rang it again just in case while knocking on the door. There are no candidate classes on this stuff.
Here is a simple way a resident can avoid problems in the future. June 20, 2021.
This Vivint doorbell did not ring when I pressed the doorbell so I tried again. No response. June 2, 2022. It seems impossible to know if these bells are recording or if anybody is listening. Three times in the past, I had residents call out thanking me as I left their porch. There is no protocol as to how to handle these types of devices as a candidate. I am making it up as I go along.
Some residents unfamiliar with our District may not realize the long distances that candidates walk just to get from one home to another. Picture was taken January 14, 2021 along what I believe is 1800 North. Use of a car is essential.
Sometimes consideration for candidates would be appreciated. Dangerous, slippery conditions are not typically a candidate's experience. January 11, 2021.