Lessons from our Ground Campaign
Since March, the Nolish campaign has knocked on thousands of doors in District 4. Our team has taken a unique approach to campaigning that values making connections and being on the ground in District 4 communities. This has brought Jeffrey and the rest of Team Nolish closer to our neighbors and has given us the opportunity to meet the Detroit and Hamtramck residents that Jeffrey wants to fight for in Lansing. Here are some of our stories from the streets of District 4:
June 5, 2018 - Jean-Luc and I knocked doors in the Mt. Elliot/Gratiot/Van Dyke/94 neighborhoods. One of the most striking features are the vacant lots, with weeds and grass taller than young children. Residents have shared lot-specific concerns tied to crime and stray dogs, however, we’re also concerned that when sidewalks are overgrown, people tend to walk in the street. This can cause unpredictable conflicts between cars and pedestrians leading to injury or death.
Years ago, residents were paid to assist with the lawn mowing in the area, likely through a CDC or Citizens District Council. If elected State Representative, I’m committed to finding funding for youth employment opportunities to take on this maintenance task.
June 6, 2018 - Today, Tess and I knocked doors in the North End neighborhood. We listened to residents concerns regarding the lack of licensed mental health facilities in the area, local drug selling, and one father shared that his daughter was recently an 8th grade valedictorian, but he thought people only focused on the bad in this city; he wanted to remind them that there is talent here.
June 9, 2018 - Today knocking doors in North End, I met Stacy, with the weight of the world on her shoulders, and her beautiful daughters: “I’m just tired, Nolish.” I’m running to lighten the load. In addition to legislative duties, I intend to open up a district office so residents don’t have to travel to Lansing to talk with me. From there, I hope to deploy a voluntary tutoring team to local schools and a cleanup crew to beautify our communities.
June 11, 2018 - I met the beautiful Mz. Neely, mother to local cycling icons Bike Mike (D-Town Riders) and Dwayne (Eastside Riders). I met a family just trying to get by: “Jeffrey, I need so much done ... I’m trying to stay here as long as I can but it’s hard.” And every day, I continue to hit homes where no other candidates have been.
Everyday, we make more progress in our journey to interact with as many District 4 residents as possible, but we need your help to cross the finish line. We’re less than 8 weeks away from the election and we greatly value every cent you could donate and/ or every hour you could volunteer.
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Many hands, lighter load.