By EMILY R. WEST
Getting in the mindset for door knocking, Democratic candidate Holly McCall first scrolls through her music.
After skipping several songs, she finally lands on Tom Petty tune, “American Girl.” Her iPhone is full of eclectic music from ABBA to George Strait and U.S. Marine Corps Sousa music. Survivor’s “Eye of Tiger” is a part of the mix, but that’s usually reserved for Saturdays – days when she and dozens of volunteers knock on hundreds of doors.
“I look forward to doing this every day,” she said. “I will talk to anyone. There are people who say they agree with me. And I have people who say they won’t vote for me because I am Democrat. But that’s OK. I appreciate candor. If you’re running for public office, you can’t not knock on doors.”
Right now in Williamson County, four candidates and their teams will continue to canvass through the final days until the Nov. 8 election. McCall will face Republican Sam Whitson on the ballot.
To stay competitive, the McCall campaign has knocked on more than 7,500 doors in District 65. She also put out hundreds of yard signs.
Headed to Spring Hill, McCall takes the back way via Lewisburg Pike, hoping to avoid some of the traffic issues she knows part of the district has.
Pulling up in one of the neighborhoods near Longview Elementary School, McCall taps on an app called MiniVan. Essentially, the app is a canvassing tool intertwined with voter data. So rather than a brown clipboard and walk sheets, the app simplifies the process for candidates.
As she walks through the neighborhood and knocks at front doors, not everyone answers. For voters who aren’t home, she scribbles down personal messages to each of them on her palm card and slides them into the crack.
But for those who do answer, she finds them willing to talk and full of questions. Sometimes, they are just pulling up to their homes.
Walking down the front steps off of a porch, McCall greets one Spring Hill man in his driveway.
“Perfect timing,” she said with smile.
The two stood in the driveway and talked about a handful of issues from Williamson County Schools to traffic and infrastructure. He also peppered her with questions about where she fell on the political spectrum and government spending.
“I am pretty middle of the road,” she said. “But we have got to work on solutions for infrastructure and schools, and that’s why I am running. Personally, I am a frugal person. I will have to look and see if there’s anything we can cut, but I haven’t been up there yet.”
The two also talked about federal government oversight and how much the state government has started to interfere with local ones.
“The state legislature has gotten just as bad at telling our local Franklin and Spring Hill governments what to do,” she said. “And if I am elected to the legislature, I am going to try [to fix that]. I do work hard. I have common sense.”
Two hours later and dozens of doors later, the sun started to set. Turning the yellow cap on her Diet Sun Drop, McCall ended her day at dusk.
“You know, I used to always tell people I knew who were running that I would rather write them a check than knock on a door,” she said. “And now, I am door knocking for my own campaign, and it may be my favorite thing to do.
“Here’s what I have learned so far: people are nice, and more often than not, people answer the door if you just knock.”
For more information on Holly McCall, visit her campaign website www.mccallforstatehouse.com.
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