11/14/2013 6:02:00 PM Campaigning offered many lessons
by John O'Day Summerfield
The local election of 2013 is over. My congratulations go out to Tim Sessoms (mayor), Mike Adams (Town Council) and Diane Laughlin (Town Council). I have spoken to each personally and offered my services to the new government in any capacity I may be of assistance. You are all gracious people.
I also want to thank Dwayne Crawford and Jane Wilson for participating as candidates. It requires courage to run for office. You have all earned my respect.
Thank you to my supporters for working with a newbie to the elective process in Summerfield. I think we had a good message and discussed items of real importance to our residents.
Lastly, I'd like to thank all the citizens who voted for me. It's humbling to ask for and receive votes. Thank you for your belief. Five hundred votes is a great number for our first time out.
There were some negative aspects of this campaign that I'd like to publicly distance myself from. I had no part in that type of campaigning and focused on the issues I heard raised from the people. To that end, I'd like to see the Gripes in the Northwest Observer require the identification of the submitter. We can be more respectful in our dialogue and hiding behind anonymity has not helped us be as dignified as we should be. I've spoken with people I don't agree with during the campaign and we had cordial dialogue, which was positive for us both, so I know it can be done.
I learned a tremendous amount during the few months of hard campaigning. I know that signs which look good on a computer don't always show up at 40 mph (or 60 for some of us). Golf carts are key in door-to-door campaigning. I know that wives and loved ones put it out there just as much as the candidates.
I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. I believe God pushes us where He wants us. It doesn't mean we're always successful in the endeavor, but He always expects us to try.