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Letter: ‘You will always see me with my head held high’

EDITOR:

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
San Marcos

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2 Comments To "Letter: ‘You will always see me with my head held high’"

#1 Comment By Jim Weber On 11/06/2010 @ 8:06 am

Well said, Rodney. Many of us share your disappointment, but we know that San Marcos will continue to benefit from your contributions, in any capacity. Thanks for your efforts.

#2 Comment By Dan McCarthy On 11/08/2010 @ 8:19 am

Much love to you Rodney, I thought you had it by a mile.