I want to thank you for your support. I appreciate you emails, calls, letters, showing up for the debates, volunteering, your contributions, and your vote. When all the votes have been counted, nearly a thousand people will have supported my common sense, bi-partisan, and “Get the money out of politics” platform. This is amazing to me, since there was zero money spent on advertising or marketing.
I was naïve and started campaigning late but I feel that my supporters and I had the opportunity to show young people and others that democracy is a gift and something we all need to participate in; it is lack of participation that has gotten us into our current mess.
I liked the words of Jared Huffman, the leader of the pack of candidates and the presumptive next Congressman for the 2nd District, spoken after he won the primary:
“I want to thank all of my opponents in this race. Running for Congress, especially in a huge diverse district like this, is not for the feint of heart. It takes guts, hard work, and a major commitment of time, resources, and emotional capital. Each of my opponents ran with passion and they challenged me to be the best candidate I could be, which in turn will make me a better Congressman. They deserve our respect and appreciation.”
This seriously wasn’t for the feint of heart. I have never done anything this hard and none of it would have been possible without my wife, Avis Rumney. She edited my blogs and documents, dealt with the endless, obtuse and confusing reports to the House of Representative’s Ethics Committee and the Federal Elections Commission, and scheduled and accompanied me to numerous events and interviews.
And it is over.
Our garden is very happy that it is finally getting our full attention. I will continue to express my thoughts and feelings about our world and what we might be able to do to make things better for the following generations.