I had the thrill over the weekend of starting to knock on doors and connect directly with the people of Oakland Mills as part of my campaign for Oakland Mills Village Board. And it wasn't a great weekend for campaigning; 30 degrees with a wind chill of 17 on Saturday, and 45 and sunny but windy on Sunday. It was a weekend where hardy people campaign. Where people of belief campaign. And where people of belief, residents of the village, share their thoughts and so much more with the guy lucky enough to knock on their door.
I heard a lot. A lot of good stuff. I heard about Columbia's downtown and about making sure that Oakland Mills benefits as much as it can from the downtown redevelopment. I heard about keeping the businesses at the village center thriving. I heard about building a new bridge across US29. I heard about traffic issues. I heard about our Oakland Mills schools.
Most importantly, I heard energy. I heard that there are plenty of great ideas out there, and I perceived that that energy is out there for village leaders to tap into, if we have the means to do so.
And I saw a lot. I saw a lot of opportunity in Oakland Mills. Especially as it pertains to housing. I saw newly-renovated homes, I saw homes in the midst of renovation, I saw people doing their spring landscaping, I saw houses for sale. Reading the realtors' flyers I reacquainted myself with the terrific housing value Oakland Mills represents, and indeed, the opportunity that Oakland Mills presents for househunters of all stripes and at all levels.
And I reminded myself why I'm doing this. It's not about me. It's not about anyone else running either. It's about the future. It's about knowing that Oakland Mills's story is a great one, and that if we have the right storytellers, we can creative a narrative that can capture the imaginations of people much brighter than I, whose skills, talents, and treasure can be brought to the community I call home, to make it a better place for generations to come.
I urge you all to support me and my running mates Daniel Kirk-Davidoff, Marcia White and Fred Eiland in our campaign to tell Oakland Mills's story.
Let's be careful out there.