Thank you to all the residents who supported me. My original reason for running for the mayor’s office was to bring positive changes to Brier. While I didn’t win the race, I enjoyed the journey and all the people I met along the way. I would do it again in a heartbeat and not change a single thing. This also served as a great learning opportunity for our two young boys: to dedicate yourself to something, give it your all, don’t give up, and look at the bright side in the end regardless of the outcome.
What really warmed my heart were the different backgrounds of citizens who believed in me, liked my character, and saw great potential. Those folks included elderly, young, widowed, disabled, war veterans, young families, empty nesters, retirees, and everything in-between. I enjoyed the opportunity of getting to meet new people in our amazing city.
From the beginning, my campaign for office was a one-man show and everything grew organically. I handled all the communications, sign building, and sign distribution. Every sign you saw in the city was personally hand-delivered to residents by me, or hand-placed in a public right-of-way. In addition, my campaign didn’t accept any donations or have any big political backing. I can’t ignore the help I received from some amazing folks right here in Brier. Without them, my campaign wouldn’t have been anything near to what it was. These people helped with graphic design, website management, photography, and content review – just to name a few.
Lastly, I would like to give a big thank you to my family for their never ending support. They put up with our living room transforming into “lawn sign HQ.” They understood when I was late for dinner because I was out delivering campaign signs. Our boys even made a game when we drove around the city to see who could spot the most of those signs.
In the end, my running for office did bring some of the positive changes I sought. City Hall created a FAQ website (an idea I shared with them back in June). In the next coming months, residents will be able to pay their sewer & stormwater bill electronically, something that wasn’t possible before. I credit my running for office as putting pressure on City Hall and thereby quickly enacting these changes. So in the end, the residents win and this makes all of my efforts worthwhile.