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 nearly every 12,000 homes in our Legislative House District 13 at least five times since March of 2018.
For me personally, the 1,500 miles I've walked over the past 30 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 are sometimes even more wonderful personal encounters as well.
Getting Dripping Wet
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
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.
Later met the friendly dog and reconciled. September 12, 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 someone else February 2020
Snow removal by me 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.
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.
The surprising rigors of just dropping literature at homes (2019)
Campaigning can also be fun and entertaining.
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