Dear Friends & Phamily,
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.
Congratulations to Shannon Taylor on her re-election. I look forward to future opportunities to engage with her Office, in the pursuit of bringing accountability and transparency to the process of keeping Henrico citizens and families safe, in our community.
To my Henrico GOP family: Congratulations to Siobhan Stolle Dunnavant, Sheriff Mike Wade, Heidi Barshinger, Dick Glover, and Tommy Branin, for their outstanding wins in contested races yesterday. Congratulations also to Delegates Jimmie Massie, Dr. John O’Bannon, and Peter Farrell; Supervisor Pat O’Bannon; and School Board Members Micky Moore Ogburn, Beverly Cocke and Lisa Marshall, on their re-election! Henrico needs strong, common-sense leaders — and I know you will all rise to the task.
Last night, I gave my kids my final hug as a candidate for public office. This morning, I awakened bright and early, and ready to give them their hugs before school in my most important role: their dad.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” And it has been a privilege and honor to have taken those steps with you all. Thank you!
Tony H. Pham