I attended a program, Pathways to Peace, sponsored by University of Chicago and the International Rotary today. These organizations partnered up to bring these amazing speakers together to inform us of their missions globally and what they have learned in the process. Much of the presentation was a discussion on women. I learned so much, and met such interesting people at this mini conference. I hope throughout my blog to toss out a quote now and then. Their words are inspiring. "Inclusive leadership brings everyone to the table."
I am still in a state of shock. We won by such a large margin.
Our hard work and dedication paid off. Thank you team for your endurance and belief in my capabilities.
Thank you voters for believing in me and giving me the chance to run in the November General Election.
I appreciate your loyalty and confidence in me as your candidate of choice.
My opponent is a good guy.
We did a lot of interviews and debates together.
Yes, we were opponents - - we have different backgrounds and experiences.
But I got to know him as a dedicated inspiring individual.
I truly wish Adam my very best.
The night before election day my team and I placed my signs throughout Lake County. I continued to be amazed at the many citizens I met during this process. Win or lose ... I felt that evening that I was a winner on so many levels. Here is my Top Ten List.
I am a winner because:
1. I was able to speak to many interesting honest people who love their communities.
2. I continued to learn more about government practices... good, bad and yes the ugly.
3. I visited Lake County neighborhoods that I had not visited in a long time.
4. I became more confident in my personal campaign style. I am more environmentally "green" than other candidates. No brochures for me!
5. I conducted more research on county topics. (Bring those questions on)
6. I enjoyed connecting with other candidates... who are simply - yes simply inspiring individuals.
7. I found more opportunities to be quiet and listen.
8. I participated in amazing events. One example was with the Women's League of Voting. How awesome is that?
9. I have a skilled talented team who happen to be great friends. To be surrounded by such creative and loyal friends is a gift.
10. I worked hard to be a candidate on the democratic primary ballot and succeeded.
Normally one does not post birthday thoughts... but I wanted to let you know how I feel about last week. I had another forum last week in Zion. Again, I met wonderful people who want to learn more about candidates, as well as promote their community's needs and concerns. I met a friend I have lost touch with due to our busy lives at this forum. I was truly overwhelmed to see her again. We shared a room for an Education Convention -- NEA RA in Denver. Every time I attend a forum or a debate, I learn something new. This is one of the reasons I really enjoy meeting new folks. I am learning more about the needs and passions of Lake County citizens. Last week was a great week --- yes it was a great birthday week.
Another incredible experience of which I was lucky to participate. Again, I met incredible people - both candidates and participants attending this wonderful event. The work it takes to put on such an event, as well as the willingness of candidates to step up and make a difference to better the lives of others is commendable. I am so grateful to be a part of such a gathering.
I truly enjoyed going to one of the Election Judge trainings on Saturday. I was amazed at the number of judges needed for Lake County - 1,700 judges. Again -- the Clerk's position is of leadership and collaboration to ensure accuracy and smoothness of an election of this magnitude.
Our blog starts with simply my "awe"feeling of the many Lake County citizens I have encountered on this journey. Many of my signatures were gathered by myself. Meeting hundreds of citizens and talking to them - even for a brief moment was informative and motivating. I feel listening is an important skill within this position.