Today was another powerful step in my introduction to local politics, as I attended, and spoke at, the 2015 Convention of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, at Eastover Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina.
I was met at the door by John Powell welcoming me, along with others from the slate of directors up for election. It is so nice now knowing more and more friendly faces. Many I had seen multiple times the past week at other events, and was able to share with them my other campaigning activities, and other things I’ve learned, such as the Olympic High School “Career Readiness Speed Dating” event. The recurring commennt was “like a snowball rolling down a mountain”, where every development seems to lead to more and more positive connections and identification of synergies.
Today’s convention was further example. The Meck GOP is not a monolithic group. There are grass roots Tea Partiers and more establishment types, those from Myers Park and those outside the City but in the County, a wide diversity of ages, and races. But to all of them, my themes seemed to resonate strongly; bringing free market principles to find ways to pay the best teachers like the professionals they are, and better connecting the business community to get our kids trained for the jobs of tomorrow, and ultimately, sweeping away bureaucratic largesse that stifles innovation on both those points.
Finally, giving a two minute political speech is a lot like giving a closing argument in a jury trial; but rarely does a jury interrupt you with applause. I’m new to all this. That was as much of a home crowd as I’ll ever find, but that still was pretty darn cool.