Tonight I went to a meeting of the Washington County Republicans. It was a small group, just nine of us, but it was nice to meet fellow local blogger Nick aka The Cheezer.
Tom Cox had invited all three Republican gubernatorial candidates to come themselves or send a representative but only Jason Atkinson had someone present. Perhaps Mannix was busy taking GOP money to pay off personal debt and maybe Saxton had a pro-abortion rally to attend to, I'm not sure.
Skipping over the meeting, which was interesting, I had a brief talk with Tim, who works on Jason Atkinson's campaign. Once again, I liked what I heard. Tim is a very likable guy who has known Jason for a long time and had some good points.
The most important one that I need to point out is the money issue. The Atkinson campaign expects to be outspent in this race and EVERYTHING costs money. Every sign, every mailer, every ad.
I would strongly encourage anyone who feels led to do so to make a contribution to Oregon's future by helping to elect the candidate who is going to make a difference.
I would consider it an investment. If you only give $25 and during Atkinson's term we stop building choo-choo trains and start building roads instead, then you will save more than $25 in gas because of less traffic congestion.
But money was not what we really talked about. Jason is a grassroots guy and is depending on you and me to help him win. This means that it's never too early to plant the "Atkinson seed" in the mind's of the people that you know. Name recognition is a huge factor so make sure that people you know are informed about who you are supporting and why.