A few minutes ago, I spoke with my opponent, Darcy Burner, who congratulated me on winning the race. With the latest ballot drop, I now have more than 52% of the votes counted. This is a tremendous outcome, and I am honored and excited to serve as state representative.
I have been struck this year by the effort and support of so many, all of whom have my deep gratitude. First, my family. They have supported me throughout this campaign, giving of their time, work, money, and prayer. They have seen me through long days, sleepless nights, and busy weekends. They mean the world to me.
I was blessed to have an outstanding campaign team. My campaign manager, Alec Northrop, worked his tail off nonstop for months, coordinating volunteers, putting up signs, knocking on doors, keeping me sane, and running the show. My consultants, Jeff Harvey and Keith Schipper, helped me hone my positive message and designed and executed a strategy to get it before the right voters.
I have so much gratitude for every person who volunteered on the campaign. It takes a tremendous effort by a large group to win a race like this, and time and again, they answered the call—not out of a desire for money or power, but simply to make this place better. Every volunteer—every person who waved signs in the rain, or knocked on doors of strangers, or called voters to encourage them to vote—stands in my mind as a reminder that, as difficult as politics can seem, there are good and decent people willing to help make the world more kind and virtuous.
Finally, I want to thank each of you. Your support will serve as a consistent reminder as I serve in the legislature that we live in a wonderful place, and that we representatives have an obligation to act, in Lincoln’s words, “with firmness in the right as God gives us to the see the right.”
Thank you all so much,
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