The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Opinion

May 14, 2014

Viewpoint: First-time campaign provided learning experience

The last three months on the campaign trail for the Republican primary have been rigorous for the candidates and our families, but now it has come to a close. I was not victorious at the ballot box, but I do feel victorious for having experienced it, learned from it, and for coming out the other side still sane.

I need to extend major thanks to God for always being there, even though I don’t deserve it, and to my wife, Joy, and son, Aaron, for dealing with all the stress, and my absence for the last three months. I also want to thank Republican Chairman Russ Willis for his guidance. He helped me avoid making even more mistakes than what I did make. I also thank the more experienced candidates for their assistance through my first campaign.

I also want to extend heart-felt congratulations to Kelly Gaskill. I really hammered certain aspects of her job that I thought the public should know. As I did so, I fully expected some type of retaliatory strike from her campaign, but it never came. She stuck to the strengths of her job performance, and she was rewarded for having done so. I thank and respect Kelly Gaskill for remaining classy even though her job performance was under constant scrutiny by me. The truth is, nobody can do any job so well that somebody won’t think there is something wrong with what they are doing.

Going forth, I support her in retaining her office as treasurer, and I truly hope she is victorious in November. I also hope that going forth, the Republican Party will somehow come back together for a strong November push, and that the division and contention of the latest two election cycles will finally be put to rest, so that we all can focus on making Madison County great once again. That is what I want out of this more than anything. Perhaps this statement will be the beginning of turning that corner.

Again, thank you to everybody!

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