It’s after 10 o’clock at night and I didn’t remember to call Tom Hawkins to congratulate him on his victory, so I will do it here. He was a congenial and likable opponent who was never rude, condescending or libelous. He ran a good race and won the old fashioned way: getting out more of his supporters than I did mine. There was no controversy and I have no regrets.
I greatly appreciate the hard work of Kathy Benton, Keith Hazouri, Herb Cooke, Mary Bird, and a large company of other people who put in their time and gave their money in this effort. I am sorry our efforts did not result in a different end, but none of them caused this failure.
I thank all of those who cast their vote for me in this election. This is the third time I have run, and it is time for someone else to step up to make this effort the next time. I am now retired from being a candidate for public office. I will be happy to help others and participate as a role player in other political efforts, but we need better leaders, even in the role of contender.
For now, I need to get back to my business and make some money. Next weekend I will be going to the beach.