The 2016 election is behind us and I am disappointed for many reasons. Not only did we loose the 4th Congressional district, America has lost something.
I want to thank all of you for getting behind our US Congressional campaign and providing funding through your many donations which allowed us to get our name and message out over the entire district with it’s population of 700,000 spread over 10 counties.
Together, we have built a campaign for the Congress for which we can feel great pride. Sure, I had hoped that I would be giving a victory speech rather than conceding defeat. But I am grateful, thankful, and inspired to continue in the political and democratic process that has made this country great.
I am fulfilled by the experiences I have had traveling up and down this immense, scenic, resource-rich district – and meeting so many neighborly, decent, caring and hard-working people.
We now have before us a new government for 2017, which lacks many of the checks and balances that our 240 year-old Democracy has relied upon to truly have a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” I therefore encourage you to be politically active, end express your views through our First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, press, and assembly.
Thank you, again. I appreciate all of you. I care about all of you and I look forward to carrying on that which we started in this campaign.