I’m humbled and grateful for the trust the Republican delegates of House District 18 placed in me at the county convention last evening. I will do my best to serve in a way that is worthy of your trust and confidence. Truly no candidate ever stands on a stage alone. Rather, he or she stands with many who have helped, supported, and encouraged that candidate along the way. In my case, that leaves enough people deserving of thanks to fill the stage and then some.
Here’s my feeble attempt to name some of them:
First, thanks to my family, particularly, my best friend and most loyal and lovely delegate, Becky. You are my rock and my support. I couldn’t have done any of this without you. Thank you to my kids: Jordan, Sarah, Mary, and Christian, for your patience with me and your faith in me. This race was physically, emotionally, and mentally taxing. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Thank you to Larry Wright for running and for the way you conducted your campaign. You are a good man, a worthy opponent, and a dedicated public servant.
Thank you to each and every delegate (whether you supported me or not). The system can’t work without your time and dedication, and I’m honored to have met and learned from so many of you. I know several made significant personal sacrifices to be there yesterday and to support me. Thanks too for all the party leaders and volunteers for helping things move along, particularly Lee Skabelund, the District 18 Legislative Chair, who has dedicated countless hours to serve the Party and to keep things running smoothly. (When things don’t run smoothly, you can bet Lee had no control over it, because he’s unbelievably dedicated and considerate of the candidates and the process.) Thanks too to Janice Legler, legislative Vice Chair, who tag teamed with Lee to ensure that the caucuses ran smoothly and that the candidates obtained delegate information as promptly and efficiently as possible.
Thank you to my volunteers yesterday, particularly Charlie Bradley (rock star!), Joe & Jenny Davidson (rock stars!), and my awesome honk and wave crew (pictured above–rock stars one and all!), which included Sarah, Mary, and Christian Hawkes, Lauren, Norah, Grace, and Eva Davidson. Thanks too to Jordan Hawkes, Camille Blackburn, and Emily Cox for also pitching in in various and sundry ways (okay, you guys are rock stars too!). Thanks to my brother Pete Hawkes, who lost sleep and sacrificed time to help with fliers and graphic design. Charlie Bradly (again) for setting up a Facebook Group and helping with the website. Thanks to Randy Minson for his great advice about signs and media.
Thank you to my many generous donors and dear friends who made it possible for me to get the message out and look at least semi-credible: Victor Sipos, Tim Kapshandy, Steve Kinsella, Becky Wood, Jim & Kristina Stansel, Jennie & Jeremy Tilton, Philip Jensen, Derek & Emilie Brown, Randy Shumway, Ken Averett, Dean Christensen, Dan Liljenquist, Steve Mason, David Rogers, and Michael Soules! So grateful to each of you.
Thanks to the many friends who contributed endorsements, hosted events, or helped spread the word, particularly Terry & Cyrrena Welch, Kevin & Laura Samuelson, Jeff Smith, Danny Wight, Dean Christensen, Todd Adams, Shelley Davies, Ken Averett, Aaron Eliason, Carl Downing, Jeannie Whitney, Doug Smith, Tyler Dallas, Kevin & Laura Samuelson, Candace Daly, Jorge Dennis, Mark & Sheri McCleery, Travis Davis, Kevin Daly, Tim Pepers, Paul Cutler, Ben Horsley, Robert Harris, Cecilee Wilson, Tami Fillmore, State Senator Todd Weiler, Dan Liljenquist, State Rep. Brad Wilson, State Rep. Mike Noel, Sheriff Todd Richardson, County Commissioner Bret Milburn, Michelle Scharff, Heather Groom, Jonathan Reid, and Alan Peterson.
I’m sure there are more that I’ve missed, and I hope you’ll excuse me if I’ve inadvertently failed to acknowledge your contribution. Of course, simply listing names and roles is hardly thanks enough for all that you’ve done. I can only hope that my service to the community will repay your generosity.
Your friend and humble servant,