As the holiday weekend comes to an end, volunteers are coming off a strong couple days packed with canvasses and parades. Volunteers hit the neighborhoods on Saturday knocking on doors across the district talking with voters in Waupaca, Wautoma, Ripon and Baraboo, just to name a few. With nearly 1,000 doors knocked on Saturday alone in SD-14, We Are Wisconsin surpassed the mammoth goal of knocking more than 100,000 doors before the July 12 primary.
Since the opening of the downtown Ripon office on June 8, volunteers and staff have talked to thousands of voters and recruited droves to join the fight to recall Senator Luther Olsen. “The most critical push right now is talking with voters at the door,” said one volunteer organizer who has taken the lead in the Ripon area, recruiting neighbors to get involved and taking ownership over mobilizing voters in the community.
With only five weeks until the general election, volunteer organizers are certain momentum will continue to bring citizens through the front door hungry to play an active role in the upcoming special election. Many of the volunteers are first-timers, concerned citizens who have never before been involved in politics but couldn’t sit on the sidelines as their government pursued such a radical agenda. “I’m not a fan of politics. I don’t consider myself a Republican or Democrat, but I’m a citizen and I’m concerned. If we don’t stand up and fight for what’s right, who will?” remarked one volunteer as he headed out the door.
With thirty-five days left, the movement grows and the momentum builds.