Many of you have heard me say, “When I hung up my uniform for the final time it didn’t change who I am. I believe we have a duty to serve.” In keeping with that theme, losing an election doesn’t change who I am. I will keep trying to serve our community, state, and country to the best of my ability. I don’t know what the future holds for me. I do know, however, that right now my little boys need some extended daddy-time.
Thank you to everyone who supported me over the past 16 months. Many of you have thanked me for running for office. The best way you can thank me is by remaining engaged in our political process and treating those with whom you disagree in a civil and decent manner. Finally, thank you to my wife and best friend, Lori Lynne Schimpf. Without her patience and support, I would not have been able to endure the rigors of the campaign.