Child thanks candidates, gears up for Round 2
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in this year’s primary election. Without a lot of contested races except for the four-way race for the open county commissioner seat, there was not a lot on the ballot to generate a big turnout. Those of you who made the effort were exercising your hard-earned right to vote in free elections, a hallmark of our democratic system.
Special thanks and appreciation go to my three opponents in the election, who helped to make this a very civil and respectful campaign for us all. Any one of us could have come out victorious, for all of us have fine qualities and experiences that would be valuable assets to any person serving on the Board of County Commissioners.
My father once wrote that the majority of candidates in an election end up losing, and my condolences go to Darryl Grob and John Wilkinson, who came out on the losing end this time. I sincerely hope that you both remain active in the community as you have in the past, for you both have a lot of valuable experience and knowledge to contribute to the greater good of the community.
To my opponent in the November runoff election, John Young, I offer my congratulations on advancing with me to the next round. I look forward to continuing debate and discussion with you about the myriad issues facing our county. This sort of dialogue is another critical component of maintaining a healthy democracy, and I’m glad there is at least one race in the county where we can meet as friends and have serious discussions about our community and government.
Last of all, I want to thank from the bottom of my heart those of you who voted for me. As the months-long campaign wore on, I began to become energized by the campaign process and the feedback I was getting from many people around the community. Being in a campaign for political office is a big challenge for anybody, but it is also a great opportunity to have a chance to represent you as the new county commissioner. Your vote of confidence makes going on the campaign trail very worthwhile, and I certainly hope to repay your trust in me and my ideas with a few good months of healthy debate about the future of our community, and a few good years of continuing public service to our community.
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