Over the last few weeks, we've knocked on over 4,500 doors. I've had the opportunity to speak with almost 2,000 residents at their doorsteps. In addition, I spoke briefly with over 900 Dixon residents as they shopped at Safeway. This weekend, I've spoken with over 150 registered voters at their doorsteps. My campaign volunteers have spoken with another 147, and a pre-recorded message reached another 1,548 registered voters. I, and my volunteers, have also dropped off a vast number of flyers at voters' doorsteps.
While I'm not a huge fan of pre-recorded calls (or robocalls,) I've been alarmed at the large number of registered voters who don't know any of our current city council members, or indeed who's running this year. I reluctantly agreed to the pre-recorded calls when my wife, Shelley, agreed to record the call on my behalf. Most of you know my lovely wife as "Shelley from the deli" or the checker at Safeway. She's a longtime Dixon resident and--quite frankly--the reason I moved here.
In addition to knocking on doors and calling voters, we've had the privilege of attending the Dixon Volunteer Firefighters Prawn Feed and the Epicurean Fete. Both were great events. The volunteer firefighters' event was a lot of fun (with great food--thanks to the the wives of our firefighters.) It was also a time to reflect and to recognize the sacrifices made by both professional and volunteer firefighters.
The Epicurean Fete was also a lot of fun. Local restaurants and wineries were given the opportunity to reach out to Dixonites with their wares, with proceeds financing the 2013 MayFair parade and other Chamber of Commerce events. The food and wine were amazing, but I was most impressed with Donnie from Dixon Financial & Insurance Services for bringing his own beer glass so he wouldn't have to drink beer from a wineglass.
We're in the home stretch, and I feel good about this campaign. I've been endorsed by the Vacaville Reporter, and Bil Paul from the Dixon Patch proclaimed me the winner of our local forums (or fora, if you prefer.)
We've had some ugliness, as campaign signs were vandalized or stolen, but I'm pleased to report that after I posted a "Let's Keep This Election Clean" blog on the Patch, the sign tampering seems to have disappeared.
I'm also pleased to announce that the Theatrical and Stage Employees, Local 16 endorsed my campaign and that the California Real Estate Political Action Committee mailed a totally unexpected $500 check to my campaign. In discussions with Michelle Perez, President of the Northern Solano County Association of Realtors, she promised their support and stated "we're banking on you."
Again, this is the home stretch. I am the most qualified candidate for City Council. I have the expertise and the passion to move our issues forward. With six candidates running for two seats, however, it's mathematically possible that your "first choice" could lose, but everyone's "second choice" could win. Because of this possibility, I'm asking you all to vote only for me, Ian Arnold, on Tuesday. My website is at www.IanForDixon.com if you don't already know where I stand on the issues.
Again, my personal cell phone number is 685-0108 and my email is email@example.com. I promise not to change either after the election.