Here we are. 3 days out and for the most part I'd guess each of you have decided on who your vote will be awarded to. I find myself being very reflective over the events of the last 6 or so months asking questions like "Did I do enough?" "Did my message connect?" but I think the most important question hit me last night "What happens on Wednesday?"
I think we have all seen the mudslinging elevated to pure vitriol and toxicity lately and I think we are just a microcosm of what is going on at a national level. The difference nationally is that the candidates probably won't ever see each other at 7-11 or Tops just running in to get milk or bread after the election. We will. The vitriolic posts that have emerged are not what this city is about. At this time, I do have to admit I got swept up in it and apologize for taking part. It's part of who I am. I am passionate and loyal but also for those who know me, know that I have no hesitation in discussing what I may have views on! Having differing views is good and opinions is good, discourse is good, disagreement is good if we can arrive in the middle for a greater good. If elected on Tuesday - I will encourage discourse and look forward to working with the other officers of the council.
On Wednesday, we will still have to turn to our kids and spouses, look them in the face, and say "Thank you. Thank you for putting up with the constant discussion and questioning. Thank you for putting your life out there with me and being subject to the scrutiny of adults into your childhood, Thank you for walking and knocking on doors, Thank you for growing with me through this process, and thank you for the thousands of other things that happened that you took care of with out us even knowing.
This has truly one of the best endeavors I have ever undertaken. So, thank YOU Tonawanda, thank you for answering your doors, talking to me, making the neighborhood closer, and for your vote.
Check back often to see what's going on as I walk the trail!