As the results came in on Tuesday night (and Wednesday morning) and I reflected on the process, I found myself deeply thankful for the great group of people across the community who walked with me along the campaign trail.
I offer my thanks. First to my wife Nancy for providing a constant non-anxious and supportive presence in our home. To my grandson Jaime whose innocence and joy of discovery have reminded me that there are many things in this world far more important than winning an election.
To my core campaign team — Dick Livingston, Mont Hubbard, Brett Lee, Claire Goldstene, Ken Wagstaff, Carolyn Hinshaw, Michelle Millet, Robert Canning and Bob Milbrodt — for developing an amazing strategy and then making sure it got implemented. For Kim Tackett and Steve Barbaria for creating the visual imagery of the campaign.
To Matt Williams for creating the walk sheets. To the dozens of people who walked precincts for me; the 36 who hosted coffees; the 20-plus who tabled at the market; the nearly 500 who hosted lawn signs; the dozens who wrote letters of support; and the more than 250 who made donations. (And a special thanks to that Kuyperian Eric who created a path for this radical Anabaptist to run in the first place.)
You have all given me precious gifts and I will treasure them in my heart for the rest of my life. Thank you.