First off, for you language mavens out there, “funnest” is in fact a word. If you accept that “fun” is an adjective, then I can inflict inflection upon it.
Now, more importantly, it’s been a pretty good week for Susan Spicka–the Democrat running against Representative Rob Kauffman in the 89th General Assembly District.
You may remember that Rob Kauffman vehemently and venomously refused to debate Susan Spicka, and then the Mayor of Chambersburg, Peter Lagiovane, hilariously emasculated Kauffman in an editorial, and finally Kauffman agreed to debate Spicka on a radio station away from the public.
At any rate, Susan Spicka was honored Thursday evening at the Keystone Research Center’s 2012 Annual Awards Dinner as one of a group of Citizen Activists for Public Education.
“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Spicka at the time. “I am proud to be part of a community fighting to ensure that all children in Pennsylvania receive a quality public education. With the help of Education Voters of PA, parents, students, and education advocates from across the commonwealth have come together to speak with a unified voice against the misguided priorities in Harrisburg.”
Now, on the heels of receiving KRC’s award, Spicka is using her momentum. She’s holding the grand opening of her campaign headquarters in Shippensburg this week, but here’s the cool thing:
Her office isn’t located in a commercial building or a like-minded attorney’s law office. Instead, Spicka is opening a family friendly “Campaign Cottage” that includes not only a horse shoe pit, but also a complete play area with toy cars and diggers for kids as well as a scenic porch overlooking an old mill pond where volunteers can take a break and eat tons of leftover cookies from the Bake Sale for Public Education.
“People tell me they’ve never seen a campaign headquarters quite like ours, and I think they’re right,” said Spicka. “It’s peaceful, welcoming, and family friendly.”
Susan’s campaign manager, John Alosi, noted that the headquarters is opening two months ahead of schedule due to the high level of volunteer activity.
“We planned to open a headquarters in August, but we found we needed the space right now for volunteers to make phone calls,” said Alosi. “The number of people who are eager to work on the campaign right now simply exceeded our expectations. It’s a problem we are happy to have.”
“We really wanted a space where our volunteers, many who have never worked on a campaign before, could feel comfortable getting involved,” added Spicka.
Alosi noted that the campaign is running volunteer phone banks two nights a week, and is continuing to do door-to-door canvassing across the deep-red district.
It’s going to take a lot of work for this feisty firebrand Democrat to edge out Rob Kauffman, but Susan Spicka seems to be off to a great start.