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 nearly every 12,000 homes in our Legislative at least three times since March of 2018.
For me personally most of the time, campaigning and going door-to-door is an enjoyable experience that I hope to continue if I am elected to office. However, there are some difficult and sometimes even painful moments on the campaign trail. However, there are sometimes even more wonderful 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
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.
As a result of my fall on black ice, I bloodied my hand as well as some of my campaign flyers. Almost managed to escape unscathed through the winter until March 2019.
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Snow removal in March 2019.
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.
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.
Rain and campaign flyers don't mix
The surprising rigors of just dropping literature at homes
A Dark and Lonely Evening
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