We had the “average Joe” mobile in Warren’s 4th of July Parade today. We were lined up next to a fleet of “The Shriners” organization, bright yellow miniature cars. I walked over and asked: “Hey guys… Is this your answer to the higher gas prices?” They laughed, sort of. State Senate Democratic candidate Kevan Yenerall was also lined up nearby with some of his local organizers, and more green baloons than I’ve ever seen assembled in one place. Yenerall is a professor of Political Science at Clarion University in Pennsylvania. During an interview, he told me he “believes in civic engagement because politics affect almost every part of one’s life: health care, education, business… to potholes in the street.” What’s more, Yenerall doesn’t just rely in didactic teaching methods, he also has the students regularly attend city council meetings, school board meetings, and the like… As the parade got going, we found ourselves right behind a local, Sunday morning radio “Jazz Float,” complete with a band playing some absolutely wonderful tunes. That is, at least the parts you could hear in between my wife (and campaign manager) Liz calling out on our garage sale, $3 bullhorn: “VOTE JOE! HE’S THE WAY TO GO!” Both Liz and my voices were rather hoarse by the end of the parade — which lasted a phenomenal 3 hours.