TWO WEEKS UNTIL THE ELECTION – Time to do your part

This is going to be an election for the record books!

 Following a surge in voter registrations across the state and nation, turnout for early voting is producing long lines across the region. More than ever, people are showing that they want their voices to heard and their votes to be counted.

High turnout is generally a sign that voters are not happy with the status quo. So we’re inclined to think that the increase in registrations and early voting means people are ready for Responsible Change.

 On the other hand, these are unusual times. Perhaps the Presidential visit energized some folks to sign up as soon as possible for “more of the same.”

 We won’t know the final outcome for a couple of weeks. But we do know a significant majority of voters in our region will wait until Election day to vote.  So campaigning continues and we are buckled up for the final push. Last week, our canvassing team decided to go camping in Hancock County and interact with voters there. Door-to-door, face-to-face outreach continues in all 12 counties within Tennessee District 1.

 The Olsen for Congress campaign continues to make strides that have not been achieved in the region for decades.  We recently had an unprecedented televised debate. In the area of fundraising, we outraised Congressman Roe in the third quarter. This is a great marker of local enthusiasm for Responsible Change since we are funded primarily by everyday Americans, not Political Action Committees, wealthy corporations, or central Party offerings that come with strings attached.

 We launched a video last week that highlights this year’s real and long overdue opportunity to vote for an end to single-party rule in East Tennessee. I’m busy raising funds to get this video and some others in front of as many people as possible.

So many people have come up to me and said, “I want to be part of this. What can I do?” There is PLENTY.

Share the video with ALL your friends. Yes, that includes your Republican and Independent friends. And then, no matter how they react, have a conversation.

 Volunteer with your local county chair or our campaign to knock on doors and promote RESPONSIBLE CHANGE. You can sign up with

 We especially need volunteers to greet voters at polling places during early voting and also on Election Day. Some people don’t make up their minds until the last minute. That conversation or literature received outside the polling place can really matter. Most Tennesseans believe in Term limits, and it cannot be said too often that Congressman Roe broke his promise to serve only 5 terms.  Sign up with

 Make sure everyone you know has a ride to the polls.

 And of course, contributions made on the website will help us continue to get the word out.  More videos are being readied and should be available soon for the final advertising push.

 I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the campaign and me so far. I was an Independent when I started this journey a year and a half ago, and I recognized then that standing up for Everyday Americans was the bedrock principle of the Democratic Party.  Standing up for Everyday East Tennesseans is the reason for my efforts to become a Congressman. With your help, we can together bring some reason and responsibility to Washington.