So many of you joined me at the watch party on Tuesday night and know the outcome of my race. Many of you have probably heard on the news. It was not a pretty night for moderates across the state of Kansas.
After all the canvasing (over 8,000 doors), Facebook ads, videos, and memes, dozens and dozens of volunteers, and over 200 LOCAL donors, we were not successful in our efforts to keep Kansas on the right path going forward. The barrage of deceitful mailers and outside money proved too strong for a primary where only 30% of registered voters showed up to vote.
Despite my loss on Tuesday night, my life has been enriched tremendously by serving all of YOU and we could not have fought any harder.
I want to thank so many people.
First, thank you to my husband who has supported my efforts all along the way. From the moment I decided to run in 2015, he has been my biggest champion. I’m incredibly lucky to have him as my partner all these many years. We will spend more time together now, doing what we love to do.
I’d also like to thank my parents, sisters, our daughters and son-in-law for understanding the limitations on my time and attention these past two years. My grandkids saw less of me over the past two years and while it was a price I was willing to pay; my loss last night is their gain. I will be with all of them much more often now and happier for it.
Twenty-two moderate Republicans from District 28 stepped up and put their names on the ballot as Precinct Committee Candidates and I cannot thank them enough for putting themselves out there. Precinct committee people are the only party officials elected directly by the voters. All other party officials are elected by the precinct people. Consequently, the precinct people are critical to the overall health of the party. By Kansas statute, precinct people have only one responsibility. That is, should a state representative or senator leave office prior to the end of his or her term, the precinct people with that house or senate district will elect a replacement to complete the unexpired term of the person who left office. That’s a big deal.
Joy has blogged extensively about her experience and activities in the legislature and beyond.