A number of people have asked me to share my post campaign thoughts which I can summarize in six words: thank you, thank you, thank you.
For more than 13 months, I had the privilege of meeting with people, sharing my views and, most importantly, listening. I was blessed to meet thousands of people who spoke their mind, expressed their fears and shared their dreams. Thank you to everyone who opened the door, answered the phone, attended a house party and came to a forum. You make this a great community.
Meeting candidates – local, state and national –was an inspiring, unforgettable bonding experience. I learned from many candidates about issues and new perspectives. Thank you for running for office. Like me, many of you did not win your primary but I hope you continue community service. For all who did receive enough votes to move on to the general election, I extend my congratulations to each of you.
For all who volunteered, my deepest thanks. We were more than a campaign, we were a community that worked toward a shared goal. I am humbled by how many people stepped up to share their time, talent and expertise. To each one of you, I owe a debt of gratitude that cannot be repaid. Thank you for your faith in me. I did my best to live up to your expectations.
My family were rock stars in the face of negativity and innuendo. A special word of thanks to Patti. Her unwavering support and tireless efforts, even when she was heckled and bullied, kept me going. Words cannot express how much having her by my side meant.
So, what’s next? While I learned a lot about campaigning and hardball politics, I didn’t need to learn how to care, how to work hard or how to sacrifice for a greater good. My commitment to public service will continue. Possibly, there will be an announcement about that soon.
For now, I am grateful for the friendships that the campaign produced. The journey continues. I look forward to seeing many of you along the trail. Onward and upward.