The votes are in… and while we held a lead after the votes had been counted on election day, (Schlanger 203 – Gibbs 194) my opponent took the lead with the count from early voting. (Early voting ran July 14 – 29, 2006, Schlanger 130 – Gibbs 298) The final tally is Schlanger 337 – Gibbs 504.
Congratulations to Robert Gibbs and congratulations to all the candidates who won.
A huge thank you to all who have contributed your valuable time and resources. I am truly grateful for all the effort and energy so many of you have given to this campaign. Thank you to all the volunteers who gave unselfishly. I have learned from all of you and your encouragement keeps me going. Thank you to all those who donated money to this campaign, your investment began and continues to fuel the need for change in our community. And especially, thank you to my family, my wife and daughters, for all the sacrifices you have made during the past three months and your unconditional love and support. It has been an honor to work with all of you.
Earlier this year I made the decision to run for public office. As I stated then and still believe now, I truly believe we can improve the quality of life in Montgomery County for all citizens. I feel strongly that all of the issues raised during this campaign relate directly to our quality of life.
I have met so many amazing people during this campaign. In going door to door, I have listened to many stories about concerns we all share. So many people feel strongly about making changes to better our lives. I will not forget you.
As a citizen of Montgomery County, I will continue to work towards improving our quality of life, towards supporting our public schools, towards addressing the growth problems, towards promoting the arts and heritage in our area, towards ensuring people earn a livable wage, towards real tax relief for our senior citizens and towards protecting the environment. With your help, together we can make a difference.
Thank you, thank you, thank you,