Forty years after my family and I restarted our lives right here in Henrico County, I have been humbled by the opportunity to engage thousands of Henrico citizens during our campaign. While the numbers last night did not yield the result we had hoped for, I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to run for public office — and to run with such a fantastic group of friends and supporters. I could not have been as successful as I was, without each and every single one of you. Thank you to each and every one of the volunteers and staff who contributed countless hours, dozens of miles walked, and hundreds of minutes on the phone in pursuit of our shared vision.
The thing I am proudest of is how we governed ourselves and ran our campaign. From our ground operations in the sweltering heat, to the follow-up phone calls and letters, and the social media operations, our campaign was run with precision. I am also proud at how we ran a campaign centered around a positive message, with positive energy. I set out to run a campaign that my parents, my family, and you — my supporters — could be proud of. From our improbable Primary win, to yesterday’s results, it has been a tremendous journey.
My hope is that, for those who typically do not engage in politics, this campaign represents a new starting point for you. Be engaged; stay engaged. Our county, our Commonwealth, and our nation, need folks like you to be active and vocal in the process.