continued "I also belong to a church with 1000 members," Murphy continued. "One Sunday, the minister of our church had a public blessing of the campaign at each of the services. He called Jan and me up to the front and said, 'I'd like to let you know that our good friend Dick Murphy is running for mayor.' Then he said a prayer asking for an honest and good campaign. We followed up with a letter to all the members of the congregation from the lay leaders of the church asking for support. At least 100 members have signed up as volunteers."
Murphy estimates the campaign has about 1000 volunteers. "That's if you add up everybody who says they'll do something. It could be putting a sign up in their yard or hosting a coffee in their home or sending postcards to ten friends urging them to support me or making telephone calls at the campaign headquarters."
Back at the amphitheater, Glenn Erath, a local radio personality, closed the kickoff with some song parodies. When Erath had finished, the crowd broke up and headed toward the Visitors Center. Murphy moved into the shade and was surrounded by volunteers and reporters. A Channel 8 news camera circled the candidate for a better angle.
Inside the Visitors Center, a multipurpose room had been set up for the kickoff reception. Plates of homemade cookies sat arrayed on folding tables alongside a giant container of lemonade. Volunteers hovered around the tables chatting. "Try these," one man said to his friend. "Sandy made them. They're called World's Best Cookies. A pound of butter."
Outside on the walkway leading to the parking lot, an older woman paused in the now-oppressive heat. "We've known Dick for 20 years," she said. "He coached our granddaughter's soccer team. Our Stephanie was good friends with Dick's daughter Shannon. We've just gotten involved with the campaign." She leaned a little closer. "Dick's the only real candidate. The rest can ppffffttt," she said with a dismissive wave of her hand.