“I hate this Starbucks but I’m in here all the time,” Courtney Watson shared with me as we walked out to parking lot together this afternoon. I had stopped by the Route 40 coffee shop on my way back home after dropping Peanut off at Kiwanis Wallis Park. I spotted Courtney getting her drink while I waited for mine.
I wholeheartedly agree with her about this particular Starbucks. Out of all the Starbucks in HoCo, I like his one the least. It’s crowded, the outside tables are inches from the cars parked in front, and the parking itself is awful. Still, I go there whenever I’m on that side of town…like today.
Courtney told me she had been out canvassing for the past four hours and needed a cool drink to soothe her pipes. She and her campaign team had been circulating through the Kerger Road area of Elkridge earlier today. I asked her what she was hearing out there on the streets of Elkridge.
“There’s a lot of frustration with the federal and state levels,” she told me, but not so much on the local level. She felt that on the council level at least there was more of bipartisan spirit among the people she met today. She said that, for the most part, the people she encountered were willing listen to what she had to say, like the man one of her canvassers encountered. When asked if he’d like to speak with the current council president who was a couple of streets over at the time, he responded “Sure, send her over. I may as well hear what she has to say. I talked to thebald headed fellow last week.”
On the other hand it can’t hurt to have some sort of recognizable feature when you’re running for office.