This campaign has been hard-fought. It has also been a humbling experience. Humbling, not because of the size of Jim’s win, but because it has afforded me the opportunity to meet thousands of Salisbury voters. In just a few short months I have been able to learn more about Salisbury and my neighbors than I otherwise might have in a lifetime’s worth of normal interactions. This has provided valuable insights into the lives of our citizens, the problems we face, and the strength of character in our citizens which will help Salisbury move forward to a brighter, stronger future.
Many friends and supporters have asked, “Was it worth it?” Absolutely! This campaign has permitted me the opportunity to bring the twin topics of economic development and job creation to the fore. During the course of this campaign, Mayor Ireton chose to also take up these issues, which are vital if our city is to have a prosperous future. While Jim and I may disagree on many of the specifics of these issues, it is my sincere wish that he and the new council will be successful in moving Salisbury towards a more prosperous future. While Jim, Shanie, and Jake will have the great honor of serving us in the city government, it is my hope that I may be able to continue to help Salisbury move forward in some other capacity.