“You can’t,” they said.
You can’t say that.
You can’t start a blog about Grafton and expect people to take you seriously.
You can’t fight town hall.
You can’t promote affordable housing and have people like you.
You can’t speak truth to power around here.
You can’t argue facts and expect to win.
You can’t write a detailed platform and expect people to read or understand it.
You can’t be on Grafton Complains.
You can’t win against a townie.
You can’t run a positive, issues oriented campaign and expect to win.
You can’t get people to pay attention to issues.
You can’t get people to care about a town budget.
You can’t, absolutely cannot, wear that jacket.
Well, I just did.
I have so many, many people to thank. First and foremost, thank you to my wife who deserved more of my time and attention, not only during this campaign, but over the past three years than I could give at times when town things were busy. Thanks for hanging in there.
Thank you to my campaign manager, Lisa Kelley for, at times, caring more about my winning than I did and for always telling me when I was being an idiot, which was more frequently than I care to admit.
Thank you Sue and Dave Robbins for always helping, and doing things to help before it even occured to me that I might need that help.
Thank you to Katie Brown for taking completely needless slings and arrows on my behalf. “Welcome to Grafton!” You’ve deserved zero percent of the hassle.
On that note, thank you to Grafton Complains, or as I like to call you, my “caustic advocates for change.” Not to put too fine a point on it, but this great country was founded by people complaining about taxes on tea. So you keep on keeping on.
Thank you to Mat, Bruce and Peter for always being my sounding board and sticking with me through some tough times.
Thank you, Susan Fiacco, for my Finance Committee education over the past three years.
Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to assist with the campaign. You are too many to name, but you know who you are. I value your support more than you know.
Thank you, Lucky, for the pizza.
Thank you to all of the wonderful Graftonians that I’ve met over the past two months. It’s tremendously encouraging to me that we have such good, caring people in town.
Thank you Dennis and Jen for caring enough about Grafton to run.
And thank you to all of you out there who have given me encouragement over the years to keep doing what I do. I probably will never be able to adequately express to you how much an occassional note from a reader means to me. I’m glad I started this space. Thanks for reading.
Finally, to all of you out there who told me I couldn’t – or who told others that I shouldn’t. You were with me always.