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LETTERS: Kudos for positive election season

— This past April I announced my intention to seek the open Lysander town councilor seat that had been temporarily filled with an appointment in anticipation of the November 2012 elections. After a late spring, full summer and over half of the autumn season of continued campaigning, meeting thousands of absolutely fantastic town residents, I am incredibly humbled to have been selected by our residents to be your next elected town councilor in a very close race that required the counting of 886 absentee ballots and affidavits to determine a winner.

From the outset of announcing my candidacy, I committed to you that my campaign would be upbeat, non-adversarial and highly positive. I said that I would not engage in the politics of personal destruction like we saw last year, nor would I demean or belittle the members of the current town board or any candidate running for an elected office. And you will recall that I used the campaign motto “Restore Pride” as a seal of good faith throughout the campaign, particularly in the aftermath of that unfortunate election season of a year ago. And finally, you may also remember that I called upon all local candidates to do the same – campaign with honor, speak about your ideas, and do so positively without personal attacks against other candidates. We are just too small of a community for that type of behavior.

So, how did that work out? Superbly! I am very happy that all four local candidates ran great races. To Gene Dinsmore, Chris Patrick and my former opponent Jim Hickey, you should all be proud of your highly positive contributions to the electoral process by the commendable and honorable races you all ran. Thank you! And a very special thanks to Mr. Hickey for his service to our town as the appointed town councilor for 2012.

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