What started as a longshot back in November has culminated in a nomination June. I am elated and humbled by the support my campaign has enjoyed, and look forward to winning in November and serving all of Johnson County in the next term.
A few thank yous:
I am so grateful to all my supporters – thank you for your vote, I will work tirelessly to continue to deserve your trust. To my campaign team – Tom, Mike, Rhonda, Kristin, Rockne & Jeff - when I asked for your help you were there in an instant, giving far more of your time than I deserved – thank you so much. To the Best Damn Crew In Town – once again you have sacrificed, kept our wonderful little place moving during yet another extracurricular project of mine. I am so grateful. To the other candidates in the race I say thanks for keeping this a (mostly) high-road, issue-oriented campaign. Your hard work made me a better campaigner, and I look forward to working with all of you both on and off the board of supervisors, to build a Johnson County that it more regenerative, resilient, sustainable and inclusive.
And thank you too to the most important people in my life – my wife Kim, son Devon, and daughter Taylor – and the newest addition, he fiancée Will. My family is my rock. I am nothing without you. To mom, Chris, & David, thank you so much for pushing me to do this the right way, and for having my back while we did it.
Lastly, thank you to the man who made everything I’ve ever done possible. I wish my father could have seen this. He’d be so proud.
I also want to say a word about my friend and fellow candidate Jason Lewis. He is a man with a good heart, a big brain, and an abiding desire to serve his community. Johnson County missed an opportunity there, but I hope it won’t be the last opportunity, and we are fortunate to have such a strong stable of good candidates in the Democratic party.
And now it is time to turn our eyes toward the race in the fall. It is possible – however unlikely – that we three Democratic nominees (Lisa Green-Douglass, Rod Sullivan and myself) could have Republican or independent opponents in the November election. If so I welcome that challenge. In the mean time, I will work tirelessly for Democrats up and down the ballot. It is well past time for progress on issues like an inclusive zoning ordinance, broader transportation options, and a regenerative land use plan. Party unity is the first step towards that goal.
Higher up the ticket we need to ensure a win for Dave Loebsack, we need to finally chuck Grassley, and most importantly we must do whatever is necessary to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.
Today Kim and I are going to take Archie out on the Kayaks on Lake McBride, and then it’s back to work in the morning, toward a resounding Democratic win in November. Thank you all.