Two years ago you elected me to represent you in the state legislature. I will always be grateful for that honor and for the trust you placed in me. When I started my first campaign almost five years ago I ran on a promise to the job differently – to put people and principles above partisan politics. I like to think that I was successful in doing that. I hope you agree.
Last night’s result didn’t go the way I wanted. It was particularly disappointing to me because there was so much more I wanted to do and so much more that you told me you wanted done. I think back to all the amazing conversations I had with voters during this campaign and the ideas they shared with me. I won’t be able to play a direct role in championing those ideas, but yesterday doesn’t change the fact that together we got a lot accomplished for our city and our state in just two years.
Now it’s Heather Edelson’s job to represent all of Edina and I wish her the very best. I will do whatever I can to assist her because I don’t believe most people care whether you’re blue or red, liberal or conservative, or Democrat or Republican.
I’ve been involved in helping this community for more than 20 years. One bad election result can’t change my commitment to making Edina the best place in Minnesota to live, work and raise a family, and I hope to continue serving this community for a long time to come.
Once again, thank you for trusting me to represent you in St. Paul. I will never forget that honor.