'What can we do for each other?'
To the Editor:
My wife, Jean, and I are greatly humbled by the support from so many people across State Senate District 24. As we have processed the results of the recent election, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you.
The ongoing conversations I have with people reveal a deep concern about what the future will bring for our children and grandchildren. Those concerns are my own, which is initially why I set out to run for public office.
In reality, I believe that the ultimate solutions we seek to the problems we face are to be found at a much deeper level than simply electing the right leaders to public office. And yet, the renewal we need begins with the leaders we elect.
At the heart of the leadership relationship is trust. Where trust exists, effective leadership follows. But that trust is not inherited merely by virtue of one's power or position. It must be earned.
Leadership is not about looking only to one's own interests, but also to the interests of others. And it is about inspiring people to a vision that extends beyond any one of us.
Throughout this campaign, I'm often asked, "So, what are you going to do for me?" I would submit that this is the wrong question. We should instead be asking ourselves, "What can we do for each other?" How can we band together -- despite inevitable differences we may have with one another -- to pursue what is beneficial for our communities?
To those of you who "took a chance on the new guy" by casting a vote for me, I simply say, "Thank you!" I will work hard to be worthy of the trust you are bestowing upon me.
And to those of you who do not yet know me, I hope to eventually gain your respect and support going forward into November and beyond.
If I can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 317-450-0866. God bless you!
State Senate District 24