Obviously, this morning finds me very disappointed with last night’s results. Once the field was set, I knew I had a daunting task ahead of me and set out to work. And work extremely hard I did. I put together a great campaign team and group of volunteers who did everything I asked of them and more. I raised and spent more money than I thought would be necessary in a primary. I did as many doors as humanly possible. And I executed a very sound campaign plan.
In the end, it simply wasn’t enough. I congratulate Mark and Satya for running great and successful campaigns. I plan on talking with them both over the next couple days.
I am so grateful for all of the support I received over the last few months. There are too many people to name everybody, but there are a few who I need to mention. First, and most importantly, I have to thank my wife Sarah who showed more strength during this time than I thought was possible. Nothing I do in my life is possible without her support. My parents Chuck and Holly and her parents Bill and Anne and our families provided a great deal of support as well. I know how very lucky I am.
Joe Lindstrom started working on this campaign while he was still in the United States Army and the second he got released in January, he came to Madison and immediately started to work. As this was turning into quite the fight, I knew I picked the right campaign manager. I couldn’t ask for anyone tougher, more loyal and more willing to sacrifice his time. And he brought along Louis Mercer, who did a fine job organizing volunteers.
Scott McDonell lent his vast talents and his early support gave the campaign instant viability. Anybody who knows me for more than five minutes knows how important he is to me personally. Helen Marks Dicks was very valuable advisor and my neighbors Dolores Kester and Lesleigh Luttrell gave early support that encouraged me greatly. Mark Rosas lent a hand with the data entry. Jim Caldwell made some beautiful large signs. And a very large group of volunteers did a great job completing the necessary tasks. I can’t thank everybody enough.
Lastly, I am grateful to the voters in District 12 who talked with me at their doors and to the 507 people who put their trust in me. My only regret in all of this is that I couldn’t convince 96 more people to join them. I am happy to have had the opportunity to better connect myself with where I live through this. I see the sun has risen again and that there’s still a lot of work to do to make Madison a better place to live for everybody. I intend to get back to work doing just that.