Went to Gallery Hop in Columbus tonight for the first time in years. Lots of fun actually. Music. Art. Drinks. Food. A little shopping. And, surprisingly, a little politics as well.

I ran into my rep Mary Jo Kilroy (D) and Dan Stewart (D) – current State Rep who is running to replace Ray Miller as my State Senator.

I also ran into John Sowers, one of the two Democrats running to replace Stewart in the 25th.

In case you haven’t been following it I’ll remind you that Stewart and Sowers are both in primary races. And they both showed up with their campaign teams geared up and ready to go.

I’ll be honest, I still haven’t decided between Charleta Tavares and Dan Stewart in the Dem primary. And I wish I didn’t have to choose. They are both great candidates.

Either way it’s still nice to see Dems out shaking hands and fighting for votes.

I also ran into people gathering signatures for the Humane Society’s anti-factory farm cruelty initiative and a woman who asked me multiple times to “help out the homeless with some change for bus fare”. (Still wondering where she planned to go with that $1.75). Also kept running into representatives from the local FOP lodge fighting against changes in the Columbus Police Department’s policies and plans.

Gallery Hop brings out everyone.

But you know who I didn’t see?

Republicans. (Well, Republican politicians anyway.**)

Steve Stivers wasn’t there. And neither of the two Republicans facing off in the GOP primary for 25th were there either.

I know it’s early still. And Gallery Hop is not exactly the perfect event for showcasing conservatives battling each other over their superior conservative values.

But it still surprises a little to see Dems out so strong – without much competition – and gives me a good feeling about November.

Keep it up, kids. It’s going to be a long, hard eight months – but I’m even more confident now that we’re going to keep a big D next to the districts in which I live.

** I’m pretty sure the people having their car valet parked at Hyde Park Steakhouse were Republicans. Annoying, fake, look-at-me-and-my-fancy-car-and-my-trophy-wife-type Republicans.