One of the benefits of knocking on doors and talking with voters are the stories I hear. Because I'm not working from a list and simply
going door to door (now at 968) I'm running into all sorts of people. Let me share two stories with you.
I was knocking on Forest Court the other day and came across Rev. Harold Varce and his wife Virginia who graciously invited me in from the cold. I had met Virginia several times over the years but had missed meeting Harold. What a delight. I spent an hour listening and learning from them both. Harold had served for 17 years as the executive director of the Des Moines Area Religious Council and was a former United Methodist pastor. We have a great number of friends in common based on my years at Friendship Haven. After a bit I asked Rev. Varce a pointed question, "Tell me, there is so much anger in this community how do we heal?" We talked about anger and disappointment and listening and learning. Then Virginia got up and brought me back a copy of a Des Moines Register story from 1989. It was about Harold and his upcoming retirement. She said, "You seem to be a learner, I think you will find your answer in this article."
And, I did. I the article he says, "Let the leaders lead and involve the lay people in planning programs and carrying them out." Involvement yet not "compromise principles".
A few days later I knocked on the door of retired nurses JoAnn and Leona (and their dog Micah). They purchased their home on 73rd Street in 1963...1963! They told me they are all in for sidewalks in Windsor Heights because they enjoy going from place to place in safety and then they talked about buying their home. You see, back in 1963 every bank in the Des Moines Metro required that a man sign the loan papers. "It didn't matter that we were both employed. Every bank turned us down because they wanted a man to sign the paperwork. We finally went to one bank, looked the president in the eye and said that we were quite confident that we can take care of ourselves!" JoAnn and Leona tell me they became the first women in Polk County to buy a house on their own.
Knocking on doors isn't easy but it's been made a treat listening to some great stories. Thank you all!
The election is November 7th. I humbly ask for your vote.
To learn more my website is MichaelLibbie.com my cell phone is 515-570-2220 and my email is MPLibbie@gmail.com if you would like to help support my campaign with a donation you can send that check to our home 2009 80th Street, Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324.
I'm off to knock on some more doors...thanks for reading!