The first leg of the Listening Tour is complete, and Georgia Blotzer's campaign is now kicking it into Phase II.
On Friday night the campaign is hosting a major fundraiser at the Chatham Village Clubhouse (you got a problem with that?) -- in addition to some brand new supporters reached during the tour, we are extremely gratified to have received affirmative RSVPs from some significant and impressive guest stars.
On Sunday, Georgia will host the official opening of her new campaign office in West End's business district. I checked out the joint; it is hard to miss, and it's no broom closet. Many gracious thanks to the well-wishers who arranged that situation.
Next, we have the frustrating issue of arranging some real debates! Blotzer reports that incumbent Theresa Smith is already woefully delinquent in responding in any way to a League of Women Voters invitation to a forum -- this after having ignored outright their invitation during the special election. For that first round, Blotzer was content to converse with then-candidate Brendan Schubert alone, but for this full-term primary she is of the position that it is only fair that Councilwoman Kail-Smith fulfill her obligation to the voters.
Smith did make it out to a couple candidate forums prior to the special election -- though only those hosted by certain friendly neighborhood groups which she (or Matt Hogue) can greatly influence. What Smith's hesitancy is involving the League of Women Voters we are not sure; we know that they excel at putting on good professional forums. Even our three mayoral candidates have already committed to one of those.
Time is wasting. The District 4 candidates, for example, have already met before the voting public. Looks like it's time to start penning some of those amusing open letters we all remember from the Lenny Bodack days.
Finally, although it did not appear officially on her Listening Tour, Blotzer decided to try some routine door knocking in Elliott. Turns out, rumors of that neighborhood's impenetrability to all but ACDC forces are greatly exaggerated. In addition to innumerable pledges of support given the short amount of time committed thus far, no less than three residents of Elliott decided to put up Blotzer Blue yard signs on our behalf, while two have volunteered to act as Neighborhood Chairs. Elliott is definitely on our list for Listening Tour Part Deux.