Yesterday was filing day for the Oregon Legislature - the last day for any candidates to file to run for office in 2006. Chris was up in Salem all day in meetings, turning in his signatures (he filed by petition), and getting excited for the road ahead.
Simon and I drove up in the afternoon to meet him and attend a reception for Democratic candidates after the deadline had passed. I decided that Simon needed a new outfit for the occasion. He was so cute in his button-down shirt, sweater vest, blue overcoat, khakis, and boat shoes (loafers). He got to run around on the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives, try out the seats, try to push some buttons, etc. We were just so happy that he was able to handle all the people. I think he really enjoyed the whole thing.
Feeling totally proud of Chris, no matter the outcome, that he is following his passion. That he wants to make a difference. That he wants to invest his time, his energy, his intelligence to work for the betterment of the people in our district (and for the state as a whole).
Especially for the kids.
So it is official. Chris is a candidate for House District 14 (Oregon House of Representatives). He has no primary opponent for the May election, but will face an incumbent in the general election in November.
Should be a very interesting adventure.
And, speaking of adventure, today is Cathy Z's birthday. She is ten years older than me, so if you know how old I am then you will know how old she is :). So, so, so, so happy that Cathy is a part of my life. She is an amazing human being (along with all her other amazing talents) and makes me laugh all the time. Happy birthday my friend. See you in a couple weeks.