Although Cyclovia got a little soggy this year, the #PowersForThePeople #CyclingForChange team was undeterred. Six of us decorated our bikes with “Cycling for Change in the Arizona Legislature” and “Powers for the People” signage and rode in Cyclovia. While the guys rode the route, I talked with voters at the Himmel Park hub and collected signatures.
My husband Jim and I saw many friends at Cyclovia. What a great community event it is. It not only promotes gathering and communication, it also promotes exercise and health.
One of the people I ran into was Congressman Ron Barber. (He and his wife Nancy have two of the coolest bikes.) Barber has been very supportive of my campaign, and we talked at length about strategy and progress as we dodged the raindrops. I didn’t always agree with his votes in Congress, but I stood with him against Martha McSally and blogged often about that race on Blog for Arizona and Tucson Progressive. In fact, a few weeks ago at Rep. Randy Friese’s kick-off party, Barber personally thanked me for my writing about his opponent. Yesterday, as we parted, he complimented me on my campaign slogan and materials and even took a button and a bike sticker. 🙂
All in all it was a great day. I talked with dozens of voters about economic reform, equality and paycheck fairness, and the opiate epidemic. I know that I am the underdog in this race because I am fighting against big money, establishment ideas, cronyism, and the good old boys club. The voters keep me going. They are listening to my progressive ideas. They are ready for change… not more of the same.
If you are ready for reform in the Arizona Legislature, send a reformer to Phoenix.