The voters delivered the “change” election we were hoping for in America and we can all be grateful for that. Joe Biden is our President-Elect and Kamala Harris our Vice President-Elect, and we are just weeks away from decency, stability, reliability and competent leadership returning to the White House. I hope the Senate will accept the will of the people and work with the new administration to control the spread of COVID-19, provide much needed relief to small businesses and workers who are struggling to survive, rebuild our economy so it’s more fair and sustainable, and restore our standing as a world leader.
I’m disappointed there was no “change” election here in the 11th Congressional District where the majority of voters chose the status quo. There was very little variation in the results among the three federal races in any of the 17 counties. For example, in Buncombe County, Joe Biden got 59.8 percent of the votes, Cal Cunningham got 57.9 percent, and I got 58.4 percent. I entered the race believing that character and competence, and realistic plans to address the problems that plague the District, mattered the most. At the end of the day, the only thing that mattered to most voters was whether candidates had an “R” or a “D” next to their names. Western North Carolina is behind and a lot of time and money goes into ensuring we stay there.
While I am disappointed in the outcome, I am forever grateful to the thousands of voters who supported me, the over 1,000 volunteers who graciously gave of their time and effort, and the thousands of individuals who made over 40,000 donations to my campaign. I’m also grateful to my wife Lisa for her unwavering support and to my dedicated campaign team who put their hearts and souls into this endeavor. We didn’t win, but we had a heck of a ride.
I’m going to take some time off after a year-long effort. But as I said on Tuesday night, I’m not going anywhere and I will do my part to help move us forward. I intend to remain active and vocal in supporting the issues that are important to so many of us. I’m not going to give up until others look with envy at a proud and progressive Western North Carolina.
I hope you’ll join me.
In the meantime, stay safe. Stay home. Stay healthy. Wear a mask in public. Wash your hands. Adopt a shelter pet. And together, we can have better days ahead.