We came out on top in a year that has seen more political turmoil than in any year I can remember, both nationally and in Virginia. In such an environment, nothing can be taken for granted with respect to elections. I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered yesterday and for the last several months to ensure that we won, and not by a particularly close margin.
We had more than 1000 people work on my behalf during the course of the campaign knocking on doors, making calls, distributing signs, stuffing envelopes, donating money and doing all of the things successful campaigns do. I am very grateful for your efforts, as well as the support of House Speaker Bill Howell and other House Republicans. My opponent, Hung Nguyen, was gracious in calling last evening to extend his congratulations, and I thanked him for doing so.
If you voted for me, thank you. If you didn’t, I will work to earn your vote next time. Either way, I can assure you of the same listening ear, constituent service, and frequent communications about what’s happening in Richmond and in our area. You get this because doing so is part of my job and not related to whether you told me or my campaign workers that you were voting for me.
I want to acknowledge those of you who told me I was the only Republican to receive your vote this year. It turns out there were more than 2500 of you yesterday in the 67th District, and my vote total was about 12% points ahead of Ken Cuccinelli. Naturally, it was my hope that the GOP would have fared better statewide. Many of you told me why you didn’t support the other Republican candidates and your concerns about the Republican Party generally. Thanks for your candor. Messages were received and understood.
As you might imagine, starting today I’m working to prepare for the 2014 General Assembly session. I welcome your thoughts and ideas. I plan to continue my focus on transportation and education issues and doing my part to keep Virginia’s budget balanced, so we don’t accumulate debt for future generations to pay. On these and other issues, I will continue to apply the principles of limited government, confidence in our free enterprise system, and insistence on personal responsibility and accountability for all citizens, especially elected officials. In doing so, I look forward to working with Governor-elect McAuliffe when there is common ground. When there’s not, I’ll endeavor to resolve differences in Richmond with the civility you expect.
Last but not least, I want to thank my campaign manager, Jon Conradi, for running a stellar campaign, and my legislative aide, Marti Meersman for all she does to help me respond to your inquiries 12 months a year, communicate with you frequently, and stay on top of all of the other things that go on in the legislature. Most of all, I want to thank my wife Robin, our children Mark, Heather, and Kristin, and our extended family for their love and support—and for putting up with all of the things that happen in life when a family member serves in public office. Thank you!