Team Ty for Jim Hawkins

To my faithful team: Having your wonderful support and constant help, sign holding, canvassing, social media (Jax), phone calls, and much, much more….. has been one of the most memorable, touching experiences of my life. I kid you not. Now I am offering each of you an opportunity to complete this special election on behalf of Jim Hawkins, the Democratic nominee for state rep.

I am endorsing Jim in the April 3 election. Jim is very qualified to be a state rep. He is intelligent, has a good heart, and is very knowledgeable about Attleboro’s educational needs. This is a critical election to keep Attleboro a progressive city and a positive voice in the state house.
I canvassed homes for Jim five hours today. I am certain that I convinced at least half a dozen people who had supported my candidacy to also support Jim. We can help deliver the election to Jim. Our 402 votes could be helpful.


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

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,
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.


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.