Average Joe Buckeye Blitz rolls on… The Springfield, Ohio News Sun did a big feature spread on the campaign yesterday and noted I had a map of Ohio pinned to a wall in the van dotted with circles of “cities, villages and townships” I’d visited. (And there are a lot, so far.) The Urbana Daily Citizen also ran a piece yesterday with the headline: Joe Wants to Win Ohio. Which I do. And to that end, I then met with David Parker in Urbana who is a member of the Shriners (no relation). By collecting cans, his group has raised a phenomenal $400,000 in the past 13 years so disadvantaged children can get help at Shriner’s Hospitals all across the U.S. I then headed north to West Liberty where I risked serious injury climbing up on a washing machine at the downtown laundromat to hang up a campaign flyer. I took another flyer to Subway Restaurant there and, playing off their current slogan, I wrote on the flyer: “Eat Fresh and Vote Fresh.” (I would like to reiterate once again, I am doing all this without paid consultants.) After this advertising inspiration, I headed further north to Bellefountaine, Ohio. After being interviewed by Joel Mast, the editor of the Bellefountaine Examiner, I met with the former mayor of Bellefountaine to discuss urban renewal issues. Our campaign calls for “decentralism.” That is, rejuvinating small town downtowns all across the country. Then it was off to Dunkirk, Ohio’s (pop. 887) Dairy Freeze where all the employee t-shirts say they: “SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM.” And I was ‘screaming’ for joy (actually more like smiling a bit) when they offered to hang one of the flyers up right by the order window. It’s my belief if you can carry Dunkirk… you can carry the country.