Dear Liberty Lake Gazette Community Readers, Family, and Friends,
I would be remiss if I failed to express, even before the journey is over, what it truly means to me, to run for City Council in the Great City of Liberty Lake. I have asked you what it is you would like to know about me. I have shared much of my story, my history, and my achievements, with every one of you.
I want to say thank you to those I have met personally along the way. Thank you to those who have shared a smile or their vote of confidence. And, thank you to those whom I have yet to meet. Thank you all for the courtesy of visiting my website to learn more about my ethics, my education, and my work history. I know that there are so many more answers to your questions and so many more questions just waiting, I am sure. And I know that I am not everything to everyone, but still I value and appreciate every one of you and every moment of this experience.
I have shared the more significant pieces of why I have confidence in my abilities and hope that you have been able to see the character of the person behind those achievements as being someone just like you. As it bears repeating, joining your voices in representing this great community would be one of the highest honors.
As the philosopher, Kierkegaard said, “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
I have dared – to dream, to reach, to achieve. As I celebrate this journey and experience with all of you, I am doing so with both feet on solid ground, having only lost my footing momentarily. This endeavor has been one of my most celebrated to date. I value and appreciate the time it took to share our values, our culture, and our history while on the campaign trail. So, regardless of your voting preferences and decisions, where we go from here as a community is so important and exciting—that the sky may not even be the limit.
As Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t walk-run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” I have kept moving, and I have embraced the challenge of running for public office one step at a time, getting to know the people who are my neighbors. I am proud I took the dare—for the journey is not over. It has only just begun.