Friends, I have known for a long time that this election would be a challenge for me and a referendum on my personal life, but I have no regrets. I am living m...y life openly and honestly, and to know that we have started a conversation in this area that is long overdue is the silver lining in all of this. To my supporters, I say thank you. Thank you for believing in me and thank you for knowing that me being true to myself has not changed my virtues nor my morality that have be instilled in me as a child and as a man of God. The voters have made their choice and I respect their wishes. My only hope for the future of this district is that we can focus on the issues that plague our communities such as ….Property taxes, pensions, high taxes, liquor privatization, enticing economic investment etc…and not on gossip and my personal life and my preferences. But, all is not lost. I love this community and I am not going anywhere. I will continue to be present and I am committed to changing the tenor of the conversation and working to rid our community of some of the most hurtful and hateful behavior I have ever witnessed. I will do so for our future generations to have a chance to grow up in an area that will accept them for who they are.
Tomorrow is a new day for me and I remain both hopeful and optimistic of the road ahead.
I will close by saying thank you. Thank you to everyone who has stood with me on this journey, your support is something I will never forget.
Tonight I knocked on my last door and it just so happens that it was at my mother’s childhood home in Coalmont. My grandfather Long built the house in the 1940...’s and I have many fond memories of my own childhood at Grandma “Hookers” … “Hooker” being the nickname my grandfather received in the Broad Top coalmines. There’s been an awful lot of talk about “family values” in the campaign. My family values run deep in the Southern Huntingdon and Broad Top regions of our county. I’m proud of my family and they’re proud of me. The silver lining in a campaign like this is that you truly know who your friends are.
Folks, it’s been a long campaign. I can now claim the prize of longest state house campaign on record … 22 months! We raised the money we needed to run a viable campaign, and we did it by asking for support, not the other way around. You can listen to all the rhetoric from my opponent you want, my vote is not for sale, never has been and never will be.
Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who helped along the way … you give me hope that people still care, and more importantly are willing to step up to the plate.
The election is tomorrow and I have been meeting and talking with so many voters, especially in the last few days. Everyone keeps asking me what they can do to help. The truth is I need all of your help by remembering to remind your friends, family, and neighbors to get out and vote and I respectfully ask for your vote. This election is important to me personally, and I know that I wouldn't be here without your support, but every vote counts, and I need you to remind everyone of the importance of getting to the polls. I look forward to seeing you there!!
What a great GOTV effort today. Thanks to everyone who is making calls and knocking on doors today. It was great to get out and talk to people in the community today. Just a few more days to go . . .
It is hard to believe that the election is just one week away. Your support has been overwhelming and I am excited for the final week. However, I need your help. I still need volunteers willing to work the polls for me on Tuesday. If you are willing to spend the day or at least a few hours of the day at a poll, please message me through Facebook with your availability.
It was a busy weekend on the campaign trail and I am so thankful for all of the help I have received from all over the district. I had to share a great picture with my friends from Top's Diner where I had a great lunch yesterday after attending a great service at the Stone Church of the Brethren. We are a week away friends and the final push is on!!
I was proud to attend this event. It was great to interact with the crowd and I am glad I raced back from Harrisburg on our last session day to interact and answer questions from the community. It matters to me to have the ability to interact with voters every chance I get. It's a shame my opponent doesn't share in that view.
I will be participating in this candidate forum tonight at Juniata College. Please come out and participate in this important part of learning more about my candidacy and my role as your state representative.
It's been a great weekend of meeting with voters and getting signs out all over the district. I do want people to know that while I'm so thankful for your support, I am not in support of destroying and/or taking down anyone's political signs.