Now the campaign is over and I have had a good night’s sleep I want to take this time to thank all of you who helped me. Of course I wished the results would have turned out differently but I knew this was a possibility going into the race.
I vowed from the first day of this campaign to keep my good reputation and integrity in tact. I would not stoop to dirty politics nor would I allow myself or this community to be sold to the highest bidder. A lot of eyebrows were raised when I refused to accept out-of-town PAC money. That was just one of those personal ethics I have for myself. I know there is nothing illegal about it and it is done all the time, it was just not for me. I understand this made some angry, and perhaps may have been the turning point of the election, but like I said my integrity is not for sale. When you see me in town you will always see me with my head held high. I am proud of what the campaign was able to do without the dirty money from big out of town developers and in some cases out of state.
I realize now that politics will not be in my future. However, my commitment to public service will never cease. I have always believed public service is a duty and I intend to fulfill my duty as long as God will allow it.
Rodney van Oudekerke