|Jay Fadgen on Columbia Pike.|
During this election season, some people are content to put up a yard sign or bumper sticker. Annandale resident Jay Fadgen is taking a more active approach – walking along Columbia Pike with a sandwich board touting Hillary Clinton for president.
His board cites Clinton’s experience (secretary of state, senator) and other reasons to support her (women’s rights, dedicated to families, fiscally responsible, immigration reform, etc.). “Vote Smart! Vote Hillary!” the sign reads.
Sometimes Fadgen wears an alternative board with a “Trump’s Chumps” message listing people deceived by Trump (employees, stockholders, contractors, students, wives, etc.) and stating, “Don’t be a Chump – Vote for Hillary.”
Fadgen has been walking with a sandwich board in support of Democratic candidates just about every year since the John Kerry presidential campaign in 2004. He used to walk along the median on Little River Turnpike and Hummer Road until last week, when a police officer told him he couldn’t be there.
About 75 percent of the responses from the public have been positive, Fadgen says, and women tend to be more enthusiastic. While we were chatting, a pedestrian who said he had already voted for Trump stopped to engage in a polite conversation.
Fadgen calls his walking campaign message “a way I can have an influence and maybe encourage people to vote.”