MASON CITY – It doesn’t appear that At-Large Councilman Alex Kuhn will face a challenger in this fall’s city council election, but that didn’t keep him off the campaign trail Monday.
Mr. Kuhn seems to be a shoe-in for re-election to his at-large seat that he has held for nearly 4 years. Seizing on the Labor Day holiday and the prospect of likely catching folks at home, he was out Monday afternoon doing the things that a candidate facing a tough election might do, not necessarily what an unopposed incumbent might do.
Several NIT readers noted that Mr. Kuhn was out and about Monday carrying a clipboard, walking through yards and chatting with folks, prompting NIT ask him a few questions about his election strategy.
“Went all afternoon,” Mr. Kuhn told NIT when we asked him how his door-knocking campaign was going on a hot, humid day. He said he visited “probably 150” or more homes as he worked to solidify his chances for re-election. He recently announced he would seek a second term on the council. No one has come forward to challenge him.
Mr. Kuhn explained that he spent his afternoon meeting the people of Mason City after he first attended the annual Labor Day picnic, held again this year at the Georgia-Hanford Park. That event started at 11:00 AM and featured food, music and fellowship. He described the event as a “good turnout” – as did others who attended. That event is held to show support for blue collar workers in the community, something that has been a cornerstone of Mr. Kuhn’s time in office.
It seems fitting that a staunch supporter of the working man such as Alex Kuhn would take the same approach in his efforts to connect with the voters and stay in public office.