I am humbled and honored by the level of support I received in yesterday's election. Though we fell short of victory, we ran a positive, issue oriented race focused on the future of our Town. Service in any community is typically a thankless task but the hidden reward is the joy of friendships made and relationships strengthened. I have been abundantly blessed with these rewards. Thanks to so many that worked tirelessly on our campaign; I am indebted to you for the confidence you have placed in me.
A special thanks to the love of my life, my gift from God, and my better half, Melissa Carbone Turco. Your support and encouragement every day in all that I do makes me a better husband (I hope), a better father and a better person. You are a very special person and I am the luckiest guy living.
My friend, Larry Powers, will not say this but I would be remiss if I didn't. Larry ran an honorable campaign and served our community honorably for decades. The fact that someone would run a vicious campaign against him was heartbreaking to watch. One can question Larry's votes on a particular issue but his ethics and integrity are beyond reproach and our Town politics have been cheapened by rewarding such conduct.
That being said, this morning my children were asking me about the election results and I explained to them that we live in the greatest country ever to grace God's green earth. In many countries in the world, elections are settled by the bullet and not the ballot. Yet for over two hundred years WE THE PEOPLE have always remained the soveriegn of our own country. I am not sure if they fully understand the message now but I know someday they will.
Finally, Horace Greeley once said, "Fame is a vapor, popularity is an accident, riches take wings, those who cheer today may curse tomorrow and only one thing endures - character."
Thanks for your friendship and support. See you around town.