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My Sincere Appreciation to All Who Ran

I guess it was pretty obvious to all readers that for the most part I stayed away from writing about the primaries on the Republican side. That is because, with the exception of the 1st Congressional District, there wasn’t a Republican candidate I wouldn’t proudly support if they won the primary. So, my congratulations go out to Congressman Steve Pearce, Sheriff Darren White, Ed Tinsley and Dan East. I look forward to helping each of you win in November.

I’d also like to express my sincere admiration for everyone else that put themselves forward as a candidate, both on the federal and state levels and on both sides of the aisle. Your willingness to do so is what makes this country great. As someone who has been a candidate, I know it’s not easy.

I’m not sure most people realize the level of commitment that goes into a campaign. It’s a 24/7 roller coaster ride that doesn’t stop until you win or lose. You campaign all day, and it’s the first thing on your mind when you wake up in the morning and the last thing on your mind when you go to sleep at night. You never feel like you’re doing quite enough, and you’re always second guessing your last move.

Basically, you’re applying for a job, But, what makes this job so unique is that everyone you know (heck, even people you don’t know) is aware that you’re applying. They’re all witnesses to the interview process and everything you do and everything you’ve ever done is under a microscope for all to see. And, when you don’t get the job, everyone knows it. That part is not fun. However, the people you meet along the way will become new friends. I guarantee it. And, as time goes by, you realize that without you’re participation there would be no Democratic process.

So, thank you to all who ran. You are what makes this country great.