I want to say thank you to so many friends for supporting my re-election campaign. I especially want to thank my family, all of whom have made a tremendous sacrifice to allow me to campaign and serve. This was a very competitive, hard-fought race and my opponent was the toughest I have faced yet. He matched us in fundraising and I know he knocked on many, many doors. But his team could not compete with our volunteers. It has been said that one should never underestimate the heart of a volunteer and I have never felt this to be more true than now.
As many of you may know, three weeks ago, our 8 year-old daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with advanced stage kidney cancer. We have been tremendously blessed by the outpouring of support so many of our friends, neighbors, and church family have offered during this time. Countless numbers of you swung into action to help our family on the campaign and in many personal ways. My wife Lori and I thank you for each call you made, letter or note you wrote, and each door you knocked to help us win. Simply put, we could not have won without your efforts. Most importantly, as we help Grace fight this fight, we ask for your continued prayers and are forever grateful for your kind actions.
Many tried to make this race a referendum on education and the many reforms I have been proud to support in recent years, like the Lindsey Nicole Henry scholarship program for children with special needs. I think they were right. This victory proves that putting people over partisan politics works. It’s not about protecting an elite class or the education establishment – it’s about doing the right thing for individual families, like that of Diane Brumley, who went above and beyond to tell her story of how the LNH scholarship changed her family’s life. While special interests and dark money groups rallied to defeat those of us who believe parents always know what’s best for their child’s education, you, the people of House District 87 rallied to defeat those special interests and I am grateful for the continued trust you have placed in me.
I first ran for office because I believed I could help make a difference by helping to build an Oklahoma that our children and grandchildren would be proud to call home. This mission has taken on renewed meaning for me. May God bless our great country and our great state.