As a candidate for state delegate in Maryland, I talk to a lot of people about the political environment in 2010. The conventional wisdom seems to be that it's a "tough year" to run as a Democrat for elective office, particularly in swing districts like the one I'm campaigning to represent. I disagree.
This weekend, I walked door-to-door in one of the 47 precincts in my district. It's a middle class neighborhood called Cape St. Claire.
- I met a man who is working two full time jobs in a frantic effort to avoid foreclosure on his home.
- I met a woman who has been a special education teacher in public schools for 19 years and faces crushing demands on her time and insufficient resources to do her job.
- I met a man who is out of work and is worried about how he is going to support his family when his unemployment benefits run out in a couple of weeks.
For them, it's a tough year.
For me, 2010 is the right year to run for office. People are looking for someone with energy and urgency to tackle the challenges facing us.
As a Democrat, I believe our party has a lot of good ideas that could help the people I'm meeting. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't be a Democrat.
I didn't get involved to have an easy election. I got involved to work hard and solve problems. Democrats - incumbents and challengers - would be well advised to stop the political punditry, roll up our sleeves and get stuff done.
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