Last week, we had a chance to sit down and talk with John, a Sierra Club volunteer from Chesterfield, MO, about what it’s like to be a part of the CLEAN Missouri team.

Q: So you’ve been volunteering with the CLEAN campaign for about a month. What does that look like?

A: Well, I go out each day in my neighborhood and talk to people about this great thing we’re trying to do. I stay out until I have about 20 signatures, and then I start over the next day.

Q: Why are you a part of this campaign?

A: If you compare Missouri ethics laws to the rest of the country, we’re at the bottom. But if the CLEAN Missouri amendment goes through, we’ll be near the top.

Q: What types of people do you meet?

A: I’ve met people from all different walks of life while I’ve been out canvassing. The other day a woman and her daughter both signed on, and while they were filling out the petition, she told me she was going to be 100 years old in August! One time I talked with a kid – maybe 14 years old – for 20 minutes. He was too young to sign, but he was really excited to learn about what I was doing.

Q: And how do you end conversations with people who sign on?

A: Oh, every person who signs, I tell them, “You’re a good citizen.”


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