Although the election didn’t turn out the way I had hoped, I want to thank all the Crow Wing County citizens that took the time to get out and vote. As a military veteran, I want to thank those that served or may still be serving in our armed forces, for defending our freedom and democracy that gives us that right to vote. Thank you to our amazing supporters for the love and support throughout the campaign.
The campaign has been an amazing journey. I’m thankful for meeting so many new people and new relationship that have been built along the way. I look forward to the work we can do together to help our great community.
I’m proud of the positive campaign we ran and how my team has conducted itself during the past nine months. I also want to acknowledge all those that were brave enough to jump into the political arena, win or lose, that wanted to try and bring their vision to fruition. Running for office can be a lot of work and challenging at times. It takes overcoming the fear of what if I lose, with the positive, what if I win?
Theodore Roosevelt’s, “The Man in The Arena” quote comes to mind.
“It is not the critic who counts. … The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly … who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”
I encourage everyone in life to stand up for what you believe in. Don’t always just be a follower and find your place in life with those cold and timid souls. Dare greatly, be a voice, be a leader and don’t worry about what the critics say.
The citizens have spoken and there is no time for divisiveness as we have seen at the higher levels of government. Please join me and get behind Scott Goddard and wish him the best as the next sheriff of Crow Wing County.