Thank you for a great campaign. Unfortunately I called my opponent just after 9 p.m. on Election Day to congratulate him on winning State Senate District 31.
Even though I didn’t win, I really had a great time meeting voters and talking with people in the community. If anything comes out of this, maybe it’s that voters feel like they should have a voice at the state Capitol and that they can communicate with their elected officials and be fully represented.
I truly believe in everything we’ve done during this campaign, the volunteers who helped me shape my campaign and those who also chose to run in this election. It’s an honor to be an American, a Democrat and this is what Democracy is all about.
I learned a lot during this campaign. I am thankful to you for that.
People were encouraged to register to vote and get involved this year. Regardless of the outcome, the community was engaged in this election and paying attention! Hopefully more voters were able to cast ballots and it’s not time to give up.
Now is the time to keep paying attention and follow up with those who have been elected to make sure they are keeping their promises and working for us, those who live in Lawrence County, the Black Hills and South Dakota.
I want to thank everyone who helped with my campaign, either by handing out leaflets, posting a sign in your yard, checking in on Facebook or casting a ballot.
Your efforts will not be forgotten and we must continue to fight, keep the message relevant and keep talking. We are not just part of the conversation, we are making it.