On the Trail with Ty: 10/15/18

Hi friends: I’m coming down the home stretch and still meeting lots of fine people. For example, today I met a retired reference librarian who served a long time with our Attleboro library. She gave her adult career to helping Attleboro’s library patrons and is glad for it. I could tell she was a really good librarian and a truly nice lady. Attleboro is a better place because of her.
I also met an 89 year old woman in South Attleboro who loves her cat. She has a big rock that is painted exactly like a cat, guarding her front porch. Funny and quirky, she pretended to shoot us with a shotgun and we laughed together. She made me chuckle often. She said she’ll vote for me simply because I listened to her. Then she grew serious. She was shocked and appalled when she lived in the south as a young woman and saw blatant racism. She was speaking to a Black man on a sidewalk and was lectured by someone, “We don’t do that sort of thing here. You don’t chat with Black men.” I’m not sure why she told me about that racist moment. Perhaps she’s glad to be living up here in Attleboro. I was honored that she shared a powerful moment in her life. A moment that taught her to respect people, no matter their skin color or their ethnicity. She opened up and let me see inside her soul during the few minutes we spoke together.
A powerful visit.
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On the Campaign Trail, 2/28/18

Today we held signs at the Attleboro train station. Several hundred passengers boarded six trains between 6 to 8 am, while I chatted with commuters. Three of our volunteers held signs and wished everyone ‘Good Morning”. It was a beautiful day and a good time for all.
But today’s high point was my visit to the Senior Housing program on North Ave. I met with fifteen seniors sharing donuts and coffee.  I sang a few Disney songs and played the guitar, with my favorite song “When You Wish Upon A Star.” Then we talked about the issues. The seniors were concerned about Medicare, Mass Health, Safety in Schools, and especially Mental Healthcare in Massachusetts.
The seniors felt that mental health issues were the key to random violence in schools  I strongly urged that the Mass. legislature strengthen our mental health budget. This will be a top priority for me in the state house along with school safety. I am against teachers carrying guns in schools. If need be, the state ought to consider helping towns and cities afford police patrolling entrance points into public schools. The decisions on using police should be made by each city and town, with subsequent financial help from the state.
It was a great discussion yesterday with our Attleboro seniors!
-Ty

On the Campaign Trail, 2/26/18

Today we reached 100 signs with a couple of new signs on North Avenue. But what strikes me the most is the enthusiasm I am seeing now on a daily basis. I’ve been getting some phone calls from Attleboro residents whom I haven’t met yet, telling me how excited they are and want to help our campaign out. They like the idea of a social worker actually running for state representative instead of a politician.
I got positive feedback at several homes about the campaign postcard which I had mailed to 12,500 homes today. People seem to appreciate the slogan, “WE NEED A KINDER, GENTLER GOVERNMENT!”
I can’t wait to go out on the trail again Tuesday morning. A lot of faces have been lighting up when I arrive at their doorstep and ring their bell. All I am trying to do is give people HOPE that their lives matter and their state government cares about them.
You know what most voters like to hear the most? When I receive a phone call asking for help, it doesn’t matter who they voted for. That person will quickly become my highest priority. I will try my darndest to answer your question and offer hope dealing with their problem.
Time to get my batteries recharged and go to bed. Good night!         Peace, Ty

On the Campaign Trail, 2/18/18

I had a bizarre experience today in South Attleboro. Near sunset, my last visit was with a woman that I presumed was a Democrat. She had put up a sign for Paul last fall. She appeared in the yard, dignified, a senior who looked like she was out of the 1960’s (Dress, demeanor, very bright). She didn’t look 74 years old.
She welcomed me to her property and told me she had put up a sign for Paul last fall. Whereupon, she asked how I felt about Donald Trump. Sensing she voted for Trump, I carefully said, “I support the office of the presidency.”
‘”Yes”, she responded, “‘But how do you feel about President Trump? Don’t you think he’s the best thing our country has experienced in our entire lifetime?”
I was dumbstruck, searching for one positive thing I could say about Trump. Nothing came to my mind. Nothing! So finally I quietly murmured, “I don’t think you’re going to vote for me.”
She broke out with a big smile and told me she’s an intelligent person, a psychiatrist. She added that Paul Heroux was the only Democrat she had voted for in her entire life and she was also going to vote for me. Then she asked me to put up a sign in her yard. Two Columbian men and she were the only people in the entire neighborhood with the guts to put up a Paul for Mayor sign last fall.
I never said anything positive about Donald Trump.
AMAZING!
-Ty for State Representative of Attleboro
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Campaign Thoughts – February 6th

Today was successful. Bill Burke drove, John Corrigan and I jumped out of the car repeatedly to knock on doors, drop off palm cards and meet the voters. We went to 68 homes, met a lot of interested people, and put up 8 signs. Our volunteers are making a big difference. I can’t do all of this on my own. Not even close. We have 10-12 volunteers holding signs every Saturday. Jax is terrific on social media. Bill handles our funds and purchases. Jan organizes the sign holders. What a team!

I feel a movement happening. People like the idea of a social worker running for public office. They like the idea of service to others. I tell every voter that each of them is important. If someone needs help, calls me and shares their problem, I will respond. I will do my absolute best to help them. That usually brings a smile because they know I am serious.
Today I met a merchant mariner who commutes weekly to work a boat leading bigger boats into New York Harbor. He badly wants a Democrat to replace what he considers a corrupt, angry, incompetent who holds national office for the next three years. He wants to help me get elected to the state house. I can’t change our President but we can make this a better country.
Then I met a senior woman who left her baking bread in the kitchen to answer the door. She has been expecting me to visit, read about me in the paper, and was happy to offer her lawn for a sign. She wants to elect me!
The Carpenters Union called while we were knocking on doors. The union rep found two more carpenters in Attleboro to take my signs. He also sent me a letter the New England Carpenters political staff wrote. The letter finished by saying:
“Ty understands what it means to serve others. He has worked for over thirty years as a social worker, helping shepherd folks from all walks of life, and making his community a better, more caring place. He gets how important it is to have a roof over your head, a good paying job, and the opportunity for a dignified retirement, having seen firsthand across the Commonwealth the effects of housing insecurity, unemployment, and poverty. We strongly encourage our members in the Second Bristol district to get out and vote for Ty Waterman.”
I am humbled. I can only say thank you for everyone that is helping and believing in me. Your help motivates me to work even harder for the average man, woman, and especially our children! Thank you.
                                                             All the best,
                                                                                   Ty
PS: Would you like to join our campaign team? Something special is happening in Attleboro. Call me at 508-577-1412. Anything you can do is helpful.

A POWERFUL MOMENT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

January 30, 1918 – Today, I met a young woman who was shoveling her driveway. She wasn’t on my list of probable Dem. voters but we struck up a conversation about her health. She is on chemotherapy, has cancer in the 4 range (1-5), and expects to be dead before the end of the year. At first, she sounded bitter and consigned to her fate. She told me she was a Republican but it didn’t matter so much anymore.
This was not a time for me to seek her vote!
So I told her I am a recent cancer survivor and had my prostate removed in December. I also had cancer in the 4-5 range and feel very fortunate to be surviving. I urged her not to give up and that she was undoubtedly getting terrific treatment at Dana Farber. We both agreed that she simply cannot give up. Dana Farber isn’t giving up on her!
Then she switched over to politics and said, “I never thought I’d ever meet a Democrat like you.” I told her, “We are all human. I don’t care what party a person is in. I want to help whoever reaches out to me.” She smiled and thanked me for being with her for a few minutes. Whether or not I get her vote is totally irrelevant. I just don’t want her to give up.
My style is to care for people whatever their politics, religion or ethnicity is. We are all part of the human family and we all need to love and be loved.
It was a good day out on the trail.
ty

39 SIGNS HAVE GONE UP AROUND ATTLEBORO!

We had a productive, exciting Tuesday in the midst of a wild storm. Three of our volunteers, Mark Fazzina, Bill Burke, John Corrigan and myself, drove around Attleboro for four hours putting up 39 signs. Despite temperatures around 50 degrees, we still had to pound holes into the partially frozen ground and insert the signs. We got them all up and standing.

Now we have the beginning of a visible presence in Attleboro. But we need more sign locations. If you would like a sign please let us know via this form. We’ve got plenty of signs but need spots to put them. Signs are extremely important in a campaign as they are a visible indication of the strength of a campaign. You can call me at 508-455-1918. Or you may contact me via my e-mail at TyAttleboro@gmail.com. I will respond promptly. Your support really makes a difference. Thanks!