#1,269 Election.

So I’ll cut right to it.

We lost the race.

It’s sad, and we’re reeling at the moment, but it’s okay. I’m also more tired than I’ve ever been in my life.

But the good news here is this—the campaign taught us how to work harder than we’ve ever worked before. When you have your jobs, then you add this into the mix with your normal responsibilities, it pushes and stretches you into a person you never imagined you could be. You learn to accomplish more in a day than you ever thought was possible and how to listen to people instead of talking. I know good things will come from it.

And now, just to be a sore sport and so you can all sympathize with my shock and we can all get a chuckle, this was an interview in the newspaper last week between Ben and his opponent, the 20 year incumbent. 20 years. Let that sink in. This might be what breaks my heart the most.

Tomorrow the sun will come up, and we’ll eat breakfast and I’ll walk my dogs and life will be normal again. And honestly… I really like normal.


Erin

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Daily Journal

16 thoughts on “#1,269 Election.

  1. I thought for sure he would win for sure! I am very disappointed. I would have voted, but I don't even live in your country. I hope that this does not stop him from running at another time, he has so much to offer.

  2. That interview with Ben and his opponent is laughable. Ben's answers were beautifully written and come across as heartfelt – and I don't even think the other guy was paying attention. I'm so sorry for you guys that he lost, but I'm more sorry for Laurel.

  3. Change is hard for most people. Same old thing equals comfort of knowing what will and what will not happen. Ben should keep his chin up and continue to delight folks in town and run again next time. You mentioned that you met people and were in neighborhoods you had never visited before. Visit again! The voters will eventually come around…..they just need time to recognize they just voted for nothing more than what they already had it it is rarely enough. Hug him from all of us. Your midwestern friend.

  4. Oh my gosh. Reading the newspaper article just makes my stomach hurt. I am trying not to be rude. I will look on the bright side with you. You and Ben are stronger, you have more friends, your lives are richer and your support is deeper personally because of this race. You tried to do something positive. Most people think it's hopeless and don't even try. Please, for the sake of Laurel, try, try again! Thanks from the bottom of my heart for the effort you put into this town. It is a lovely place and I'm a little nostalgic for it. I am grateful for people like you who ACT on their beliefs. And who have love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, thoughtfulness and self control. Praise be to God.

  5. Congratulations ! Congratulations on a beautifully run campaign, on a message that was so very important, and on a blog post that was perhaps one of your best ever — when you could have been easily forgiven for being cranky. Thank you, also for posting the newspaper article. Reading that article should give us all courage to fight for what is right, even when the outcome is not what we had hoped and prayed for. Enjoy normal! You both deserve it. And thank you for sharing this wonderful adventure with us.

  6. I am just so sad for you two. I know how hard you guys have worked on this, and no one deserved it more than Ben. You two have so much integrity and I know you both have gained so much just from this campaign. God has big things in store for you both! Now, take some time for yourselves! You deserve it!

  7. Erin, I know it is very disappointing for you and Ben as it disappointing for me, not as a resident of Ward 5, but as a resident of Laurel. I know that God has such big plans for the two of you. I see that each and every day, week & month with the way you love and teach our children.

    I have been approached just this morning by people who don't live in the city and even they have stated their disappointment (there is that word again) that Ben wasn't elected. I won't say he didn't win, because in our hearts and minds, he is the winner!

    • Oh Mrs. Janet… This means the world. We love y'all so much. Thanks for everything YOU do for the youth program!

  8. I'm so sad Ben lost. I can imagine that the hardest bit of work he'll have to put into this is trying again. But he MUST try again! From what I've read of your blog (every post, every day, haha), he seems like a wonderful man who would make a fantastic leader for our sweet little hometown. Congratulations on well-run campaign and my prayers are with you for his next run! :)Erin

  9. So disappointing! But going up against such an entrenched incumbent in the first place took some real courage, and it sounds like you both have learned a lot from the process — and met some great people along the way. I would be surprised if this were the end of this particular chapter for Ben and you… Meanwhile, congratulate yourself on a campaign well run, and enjoy some much-deserved rest and relaxation!

  10. I am so sorry. I was rooting for you. Congratulations for having the courage to stand up for your beliefs and your community. Sooner or later, people might realize that change can be a good thing.

  11. I am speechless over the interview article…. REALLLLLLLLLY Ward 5 PEOPLE, REALLLLLLY?

    and…..my rant is over. Hate it for Laurel. Definitely a loss.

  12. I am so sorry. I really felt this was in the bag! I am proud of the way the two of you ran this race. Know that you are in my thoughts during this time.

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