I have to say that I am truly humbled and extremely grateful to the voters in Port Orchard for last night's primary election victory. I believe the disparity in the numbers, (58+ percent vs.27 percent for the nearest opponent) is very telling in that it shows how hungry the people of Port Orchard are for new leadership, for a new direction for our city, and to begin the work of moving us forward. This wasn't a victory for me — it was one for ALL of the citizens of Port Orchard.
Now that the primary is over, the real work will begin. During the primary, I knocked on over 1,000 doors in an attempt to personally introduce myself to the voters and ask what their concerns are. I learned a lot, and quite frankly, modified some of my positions on issues — like the downtown height limits — because the voters made their feelings very clear to me. I see the Mayor's job as representing the will of the voters, not forcing my personal opinions on them.
In the time between now and the general election, we will continue to knock on doors, and attempt to personally talk with each and every voter. We will also be re-canvassing the areas already visited. Our strategy all along has been to campaign like we were 20 points behind. That won't change. Hard work is what's going to win this election for us — and that victory will be a win for ALL of Port Orchard.
Please accept my personal "Thanks" for your vote, and for your confidence in me. I won't let you down.