First and foremost, I offer my hearty congratulations to B. Lee Reberger, clearly the better candidate for prosecutor.
Next, I would like to offer the most deeply felt thanks to those people who helped me and supported me in my campaign for prosecutor. Without you, this competition would never have been possible.
Having never previously aspired to public office, nearly every day of the past year offered new lessons and offered new opportunities. I met thousands of new people. I made dozens of new friends. Knocking on people's doors and meeting people along parade routs was extremely gratifying.
Numbers don't lie and I was soundly drubbed. But it seems like this adventure was more about the journey than the destination. Don't get me wrong, I wanted to win. But I have reviewed the entire past year, and these are the results:
* My relationship with God has never been better,
* My relationship with my wife has never been better, and
* My children pulled together and supported me more than I could have reasonably expected.
I have been supported and encouraged by my friends more than I would have imagined.
I have met thousands of people and made dozens of new friends.
Friends have told me that they have seen me grow as a person.
I also still get to spend my days doing what I have always loved to do.
Before I started on this journey, I asked God that his will be done. I promised that I would do my part and trusted that he would do his. When people would talk with me about prayer and the campaign, I asked people to pray that God's will be done.
Clearly, it was not God's will that I be prosecutor at this time. How can I argue with that? I have learned during my life that my plans often don't work out. However, God's plan, if given time and trust, always work out. Therefore, I continue on my journey to wherever it is that my future lies.
Thanks to everyone for making the past year one of the best in my life!