No hands to shake, no babies to kiss

Virus forcing District 20 House, Senate candidates to change tactics

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Posted: Friday, April 17, 2020 6:07 am

Candidates in the District 20 House and Senate races may need to get creative this spring.

The coronavirus pandemic has put the brakes on traditional campaign tactics like knocking on doors and hosting open forums – and don’t even think about kissing a baby.

So how does a candidate connect with voters when they can’t stand within 6 feet of them due to social distancing guidelines?

“I’ve thought about stepping out in my barnyard and making a speech to my cats and chickens but I don’t think they’d understand or care,” joked Paul Hanson of Mayville, the Democratic-NPL Party-endorsed candidate in the Senate race.

“A politician’s bread and butter is to get out and meet people and talk, but obviously that’s not possible right now.”

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