February 6, 2017

Texas stars and wind chimes

When I visit neighbors going door to door in District Three, I actually have a sheet that tells me who the registered voters are and whether they’re Republicans or Democrats. But I’ve learned I can guess with pretty solid accuracy without even looking at the sheet. If I see a nice, sharp-looking metal Texas star mounted near the door, inscribed …

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February 6, 2017

Maybe everyone should try this.

I’m not an especially outgoing person. I stumble and mumble through mornings until my cup of decaf. It takes a while for the world to come into focus. But when you put yourself out there to potentially represent others, their concerns become yours almost automatically. It’s not a virtue; that literally is the job. You need to know what it’s …

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January 13, 2017

A funny coincidence

This is just a funny little coincidence. When I first mentioned publicly that I was thinking of running, someone contacted me through Facebook, let’s say a person named A. Forest (not the real name). I had no idea who this was, not even whether this was a male or female person. But A. Forest said to write once I officially …

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January 13, 2017

Fighting for what you believe in most

When I first started knocking on neighbors’ doors, I thought my job was to introduce myself and “my” positions. “Hi, I’m Paul.  I’m running for city council on a platform of smart growth, fiscal discipline, and building community consensus.” I would usually get a courteous hearing and find some areas we care about in common. But I noticed I wasn’t learning …

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