Weston Wamp Is Generating A New Voter Base

Friday, July 4, 2014
- photo by Dennis Norwood
Yesterday, July 3rd, I had the opportunity to spend six great hours at Collegedale’s Veterans Park enjoying another wonderful Fourth of July celebration. I was there with newly made friends working for a common goal, to help our candidate, Weston Wamp, win the Republican primary for the 3rd District congressional seat.  We were fresh off a convincing win over the incumbent in a high energy debate. Expectations were high as we prepared to meet potential voters and tell them about Weston’s vision and ideas.

We were not disappointed as many people stopped by to hear our message and pick up a yard sign, a bumper sticker and a much desired frozen popsicle.

I have to admit, I was by far the oldest person in our group. At 58 I was at least twice the age of my co-workers. But this was the greatest realization of the day. You see, Weston is motivating the millennial-aged voters to get involved. They, the future of our great nation, are catching fire for an opportunity to influence our country’s government. It’s great because they are the ones who will inherit `the challenges my generation and older have thrust upon them.

To see the enthusiasm they exhibited as they spoke with voters was more than encouraging. This is the future of the Republican Party. We must grow our ranks and this is precisely where our growth must come from. This is the exciting thing about American politics, to see a new generation become involved in their future. This is one of the more exciting parts of Weston’s candidacy. He is one of their own. A young man they can relate to.

They understand what motivates him. They, too, see a vision for a brighter America, one where political parties can work on a common platform rather than call each other names and refuse to even talk to one another unless they are shouting at each other. This millennial generation has an eye on their future as they recognize the importance of using their voice and vote to shape our nation’s future.

We registered a dozen or so new voters, as well. Some whom had just turned 18 and wanted to be a part of sending Weston to Washington. As someone who hasn’t missed voting in an election in 40 years, even while stationed overseas, it made my heart swell with pride as I recalled the first time I registered to vote. We should all be proud of these young men and women who actively desire to be a part of our legislative process.

As I watched Weston interact with both young and old, I gained an even greater respect for his ability to reach out to all ages. He is a candidate for all generations. It was impressive to see how he genuinely listened to their concerns and issues, to see how approachable he was. Something his opponent has oft been criticized of for not giving an ear to his constituents.  

Yes, I am proud to be associated with Weston Wamp’s campaign, but I am even prouder to be associated with this new young generation of Americans who have found a common motivator and have become actively involved in one of the most important rights and obligations we have as citizens of this awesome nation. Together we can bring about the necessary change so desperately needed in America.

Young or old I encourage voters in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District to get involved and help send a breath of fresh air to Congress. Our country needs more young men like Weston working on Capitol Hill. As Pam Sohn wrote after the debate on the Times editorial page – “It’s time to bring Chuck home.”

Dennis Norwood


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