Thank You All for Your Support

There is so much to be grateful for. 

"Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone."

 Gertrude Stein

She's right. I took some time to process the election, the campaign, and my thoughts overall. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone...

To everyone on my campaign team: 

Andrew Bourne, Stan and Dena Davis, Susie Cisney, Derek Camp, Chad Wierzbinski, Conner Klotz, Lisa Hinostroza, Cheri Hampton-Farmer, Sam Wrzesinski, Cindy and Tom Henry, David Conarty, Catherine Fonk, John Morgan, Garry Hamilton, Mary Kate Dohl, and Don & Amanda Clemmer. We know we had an uphill battle. Your determination was an inspiration, and I could not have gotten as far as I did without your dedication. We ran a great campaign, and I'm proud of the progress we made!

To the people who volunteered on my behalf, I cannot thank you enough. Your selflessness in giving up your time is overwhelming. From making phone calls to canvassing to placing signs on your lawns, you all helped propel us forward. I appreciate you all so much!

To the people who voted for me, thank you for believing in me. It is humbling to know that 40,598 of you cast a vote in hopes of making me your next Sheriff. Last Tuesday was not our day, but that doesn’t mean we stop pushing toward a better tomorrow.

And last, but most certainly not least, to my family. I love you all so very much, and I know this campaign was a family effort. Jennifer, your endless love and positivity motivated me every day. I can't express enough how much I appreciate you. And likewise to my mom, Penny, and the kids: Haley, Katie, Sophie, Benjamin, and Hannah. You all sacrificed so much in helping me campaign, and I want you all to know how much that meant to me. Also to my extended family - my sister Erin, her spouse Gina, Jen’s parents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Family, as always, has been important to me and I am fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best people in the world.

Every day of this campaign has been a great experience, meeting so many people and hearing your stories. My highest goal always was to change the conversation on addiction and how we use the jail. 

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The Allen County jail now has a JCAP program in place and I hope it will grow stronger and help more people, keeping them out of jail and helping them get their lives back. I will continue to advocate for people with substance use disorder and work on changing the system to focus on treatment. As I’ve said many times during this campaign, if we could arrest our way out of this issue, we’d already be done with it. 

This campaign has helped me grow as a person, as a police officer, as a public speaker, and as an advocate. I know that we did everything we could and I’m so proud of this amazing campaign!

While I’m disappointed in the outcome, I’m SO proud and grateful for this experience and for every one of you who joined me on this journey. Thank you so much for all your work and effort.

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