I wanted to take a few moments to thank some people. My family, especially my daughters, Ashley and Carley, have been so incredibly supportive. To my campaign staff that did an incredible job, and the hundreds and hundreds of volunteers, supporters, donors and friends who all stepped up and worked to help me get re-elected I am eternally in your debt, and will never be able to adequately thank you.
To all the people who voted for me, and to those whose support I have not yet earned, thank you for the support and for participating in the process.
Lastly, and maybe most important. Thank you to all of the candidates. While races were won and races were lost, there were no winners or losers in my mind. I have won races, and I have lost races (more than once). Being on the short end of a vote count is never a fun place to be, but to each and every candidate who took the time to file for office, to raise money, knock on doors, make speeches, contact voters, pound signs, or do any one of the dozens of tasks that we all participate in I say “THANK YOU”. Running for office is not always easy, but it is what makes our process work. Without candidates, issues would not be discussed and ideas would not be presented. While no one will agree with all of the stances, and ideas, it takes a special person to put themselves out there, be subjected to criticism, abuse, and sometimes just plain ignorance. So again, “THANK YOU” for making the process work.
Now is the time to put our differences aside.. Whether on a city, county, state or federal level, elected officials need to put our differences aside and work together to solve the problems that we face. We need to build bridges and not fences, we all need to give and take and mostly, we need to compromise.
So thank you everyone who participated, from the candidates, to the families, to the volunteers, to the voters. You have all taken the first step to getting us back on track and to working together.
County Commissioner, District A