No matter what your politics, you've got to admire an idea that Democratic Assembly candidate Ferial Masry of Newbury Park has come up with:
She will be hosting a campaign kickoff event on Sunday, May 2, at which she will speak to supporters and seek to sign up volunteers. But instead of being asked to bring money to contribute to the campaign, guests are being asked to bring canned foods and dry goods to donate to the Conejo Valley Manna Food Bank.
"There is a high need for jelly, chili, canned pasta, cooking oil, and cereal," Masry says in a press release.
These days, it seems every candidate's political speech starts off with a recognition that these are tough economic times and people are hurting. Masry seems to be acknowledging that reality with deed as well as word.