As the dust settles from the primary election, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the campaign from my perspective.
First off, I want to thank everyone who volunteered to help me, those who supported me, and those who voted for me in the primary. Although I did not win the primary to be your supervisor for district 4, my glass is “definitely half full”. I’ve built friendships with a number of people who are active in our community and serve others – something that, sadly, isn’t very common. Also, in going through the campaign process, I feel I have learned a tremendous amount and understand I have much more to learn.
After the primary results were posted, I received a number of messages and phone calls from candidates in other races with words of encouragement who had positive things to say about my campaign and me personally. I had a very pleasant conversation with Mr. Christy where I congratulated him on his victory, and he shared some kind words about my campaign and me personally. I also sent a private message to Mrs. Closen’s campaign Facebook page to congratulate her on her achievements during the campaign.
Of those who reached out many asked “what comes next”? I will continue with my work with IBM for the foreseeable future and continue working as a Realtor. I don’t have any immediate interest in running for other offices, but definitely will stay involved – helping in ways which doesn’t require winning an election.
First, I will shift to help support other candidates who feel they can benefit from my help as we approach the general election.
Kim DeMarco is in a pivotal race to represent supervisor district 3, and I have already pledged to help her in her campaign.
Mark Napier is in another key race to be our sheriff, and I will definitely support his campaign.
During my campaign, I endorsed Supervisor Ally Miller, and I’m very happy that she won her primary. As you can imagine, I would also be willing to support her campaign as well.
Second, I would also welcome the opportunity to speak to scouts or other groups of children to share what I’ve learned about the process of running to serve in public office. Where we can plant the seeds of public service early in their lives.
Finally, I plan to make myself available to speak with others who are interested in running for office, but don’t know where to start or perhaps are unsure about running. Part of my desire is to help our party field candidates in every race going forward and to get more people involved in the election process – both through helping candidates and encouraging citizens to vote.
In closing, I wish to offer my hand in friendship to everyone reading this including those who supported either of my fellow candidates. We are all Republicans and we have far more in common than any differences. Let’s come together to magnify our efforts to make Pima county the best it can be – working side by side to bring about the positive change we all are seeking.
Former candidate Pima County Supervisor – District 4