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Derby seeks connection with voters on tour
by Krystal Bick
Oct 12, 2008 | 521 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Tony Contini - Jill Derby, candidate for the Congressional District 2 seat against incumbent Dean Heller, speaks with supporters and campaign volunteers before departing on her tour.
Tribune/Tony Contini - Jill Derby, candidate for the Congressional District 2 seat against incumbent Dean Heller, speaks with supporters and campaign volunteers before departing on her tour.
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In a whirlwind of stops, 2nd Congressional District candidate Jill Derby is making her rounds all over Nevada, hitting 14 cities in 72 hours, making for a 2,100-mile trip.

And on Sunday, the second day of the tour, she didn't show any signs of letting up.

"We're covering a lot of territory, it's great," Derby said, explaining her "Asking Tour" is all about asking for votes and talking to people about how they're doing. "It's great just to meet people and let them know that you're in their town."

Starting out Saturday in southern Nevada, Derby, a Democrat, and her three-day tour has made its way through Las Vegas, Mesquite, Pahrump, hitting up the Reno/Sparks area Sunday with stops in Carson City, Genoa, Yerington and eastern Nevada cities like Elko and Winnemucca today.

"This is really about reconnecting with people," Derby said. "And with about a week before early voting, I'm reminding people wherever I go, to just go vote."

Volunteers and a campaign staff rallied Sunday to kick off the second day, starting off at campaign headquarters on Damonte Ranch Parkway in south Reno.

Handmade signs, Jill Derby T-shirts and cowboy boots, Derby's signature logo, were all around the office, as Derby gave an opening-day speech.

On subjects like foreclosure rates, the Iraq War and the recent government bank bailout, Derby made key points, asking the question, "Are we better off today than we were eight years ago?"

"Nevada was among the hardest hit states," Derby said, in regards to foreclosure rates and unemployment. "We need to look hard at the critical state of this country and ask, ‘Are we in need of change?’ The answer is a resounding yes."

Some of the changes Derby is pushing for include investments in renewable energy to end dependence on foreign oil, healthcare reform and a reform of the loan process for college students to ensure the accessibility of education.

Derby talked about her opponent, Rep. Dean Heller, bringing up his voting record and his part of an administration that has put America in record setting debt.

"You can bet your bottom dollar – and most people are using their bottom dollar – that this is a crisis of confidence,” Derby said.

Volunteers echoed Derby's sentiments, rallying behind a candidate that they said they believe able to bring about the most change.

"This is the first time I've volunteered for a campaign," said Cheryl Tomlinson, a registered Republican, but a Derby supporter and volunteer for two months. "I felt very strongly that Jill should be in Congress and I'm trying to help her get there."

Phyllis Lombardi, a fellow volunteer and Sparks resident, followed suit and said that seeing Derby's success has been overwhelming.

"It's great when I can talk to a Republican woman and talk her into voting for Jill Derby and what she stands for," Lombardi said.

For more information about Derby visit her Web site at www.jillderby.com.
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