What a weekend
I could not be more proud of how our campaign has begun. This weekend showed the true opportunity we have to unite the 12th Suffolk District. Together our shared belief that public service can have a profound impact on people’s lives when the campaign comes from the heart and its focus remains on building a partnership through genuine trust with the community.
On Saturday, my wife, Emily, and I attended the Annual Community Cookout at the Metropolitan Baptist Church on Norfolk Street. The smell of great food, the laughter of children playing in the bouncy house and the quality conversations among neighbors reminded me what summer is all about.
From there we joined several volunteers who were door-knocking all day in Milton. The response could not have been better. The quality conversations I had with residents about their lives and families inspired me. Across all racial, ethnic and economic boundaries, people want the same things. Parents want their children to have a life of more opportunity than they themselves have had. They want the opportunity to provide a pathway that enables our young people to choose success. They want to know they have accessible and responsive elected officials with the energy and experience to be their voice. I believe now more than ever that I am that person.
Sunday was incredible. The day began with our campaign’s first standout. On an 85 degree day, more than thirty volunteers came out to hold signs in Dorchester’s Lower Mills and across the bridge in Milton. While I was grateful for everyone who joined us, I must say two-year old Finn Flaherty stole the show. With a backwards baseball hat, with a Dan sticker on the front, and sunglasses he was holding his own sign and shouting “Vote for Dan” as cars passed. It was one of the cutest things I have ever seen.
After the standout, volunteers came back to our new headquarters in Lower Mills at 1197 Adams Street for an office opening BBQ. It was great hosting everyone in the office and seeing everyone sign up to stay involved.
From the office BBQ, Emily and I along with the campaign team joined the residents of Butler and Richmond Street for their annual family block party. Seeing friends old and new there was wonderful. And it didn’t hurt that many requested lawn signs – several of which were put up while we were still at the block party.
After Butler Street, Emily and I joined State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry at the Tele-Soleil Boston Father’s Day Celebration at Hyde Park High showcasing Haitian culture and dance to mark the 4th Anniversary of Tele-Soleil. I was honored to have the opportunity to be recognized for my work as Senator Forry’s Campaign Field Director and was grateful for the chance to share a few words from the stage.
The final event of the evening was the Mattapan Tech graduation ceremony. Mattapan Tech is a non-profit, adult technical education school focusing on IT careers and civic engagement. Jacques Dady Jean and his wife Karrie Jean run this amazing program and the ceremony was truly inspirational. Senator Forry delivered an exceptional keynote address and I was proud that Jacques Dady Jean invited me to share in this special night and was deeply grateful that he gave me the opportunity to speak from the podium. I expressed the importance of adult education in our community and applauded the graduates for having the courage to step forward to advance themselves, their families, and their careers. It was a privilege to be part of this amazing night.
I am honored to have the chance to meet so many wonderful people throughout the 12th Suffolk District and I look forward to continuing the hard work on the campaign trail! If you would like to join me, please sign up or donate at www.DanCullinane.com, like my page on Facebook, and follow me on twitter @dannycullinane.