Susanna's Corner: Notes from HCRP Vice Chair, Susanna Dokupil
From Here to Election Day – Embrace the Moment
I stared at my sun-reddened inner eyelids defiantly, slowly growing conscious of morning. Suddenly, I remembered. It was Friday, and I was late. I pulled on a Sopwith Camel hat, scarf, and goggles, hopped on a bike, and pedaled two miles to join a crowd of several thousand costumed people. We gathered to watch a 72-foot walk-in statue called Embrace burst into ritual flames and burn until nothing remained.
Why, I wondered, would anyone intentionally burn a work of art? Why would thousands of people gather to celebrate its destruction? Because the burning was an object lesson – the scheduled destruction of the statue forced us to experience it while we could. It focused our attention on what we could do in the present.
And I decided that the lesson of the burning – for me – was to embrace each day as a fleeting experience, regardless of the focal point.
Now, what has this got to do with Harris County politics? Right now, we have a focal point – Election Day. We have a little over a month to get our message out and get our friends and neighbors to the polls. And I hope we’ll all work together to make the most of each day between now and then.
We have winning principles and winning values. We live in the nation’s third largest and most diverse county, and our county works. We have a strong economy and quality of life while enjoying after-tax living costs at 7.8% below the national average. We have judges who protect our economy, our jobs, and our property. We have laws that protect our courts from frivolous lawsuits so our judges can focus on the legitimate cases. And we have all these benefits under a majority-Republican leadership.
HCRP is reaching Harris County voters like never before. Our dedicated staff and volunteers have already contacted nearly 400,000 voters and continue to do so at the rate of 38,000 per week. But, we all need to reach our own friends and neighbors. The most powerful motivator of all is not a call or a block walk, but a friend’s outreach.
We’re here to empower you with the tools you need to be effective participants in the political community. For my part, I hope to create educational opportunities that make public policy practical. I hope to foster a spirit of open debate that sharpens all our diverse viewpoints and the way we articulate them. And I hope to make your participation in our community’s political process a rewarding experience.
Together, we can ensure continued Republican leadership in Harris County on Election Day. Elections create focus, like the burning of the statue. But the election is just the beginning. I look forward to working with you to embrace all that Harris County has to offer and to doing our part to keep its leadership strong.