For the last three months, Iolan Bruce Symes has traveled door to door across Allen Countys crowded third district, introducing himself with this simple opener: Hello, sir/Hello, maam. My name is Bruce Symes and Im letting folks know that Im running for county commissioner.
Since announcing his candidacy in mid-May, Symes has made a dedicated attempt to visit the home of every registered Republican and unaffiliated voter in the district. At this point, with slightly more than a week to go before the Aug. 7 primary, Symes, a Republican, has already knocked on more than 700 doors, and hes still going.
The Register trailed the candidate on one of his canvassing jaunts earlier this month. Iola was in the midst of a heatwave at the time and the temperature that afternoon was a touch cooler than the burning center of an active volcano. But Symes never complained. In fact, despite having sweated through quite a few good shirts in his mid-summer attempts to introduce himself to the citizens of District 3, Symes seemed to acquire more energy and more enthusiasm with each resident he encountered.