We won’t yet know for several more hours how this adventure will play out but I wanted to say thank you to all of the people who have supported me, walked my fliers, shared content on Facebook, liked said content and especially those who have already voted for me or are heading out to vote for me.
More than anything I want to thank my wife, Tatiana, for supporting me. She kept my kids from going crazy while I shot slapdash campaign videos in my office. She kept me sane as I tried to figure out how to campaign and she helped me make the time when time was available. Without her support I wouldn’t be here today seeing my name on the ballot. After 19 years together, and 6.5 of marriage, she still supports me even when I come home with nomination papers for office.
Besides my wife I want to thank my parents for raising me to think for myself and stand on my own. My parents and I do not always, or often, agree on politics and that’s a testament to the free thinking nature of my family. You’re family even if we don’t see eye to eye, much like we’re residents and neighbors even if we don’t agree. My sister-in-law has also been an enourmous help with giving up her free time to watch my kids while I strolled down this campaign path.
Finally I want to thank my now departed in-laws. My mother-in-law was excited to know I was running just before she passed in August and I know she would have been one of my biggest boosters if she were still with us today. My father-in-law, Kenneth Hahn, was one of my best friends and we talked politics almost daily for over a decade. When Tatiana and I got married in 2010 at Max Bloom’s Cafe Noir in Downtown Fullerton he walked her down the aisle and then stood with me as one of my groomsmen. He made me question almost everything I thought I knew and yet somehow I managed to change his mind on a few issues over the years as well. Ours was a kinship of ideas and it never got old even if we had to be seated away from everybody else during holiday dinners.
As I posted on Facebook already; Ken bought me my first bottle of Scotch (Chivas Regal) as I turned 21 and while neither of us were big drinkers we did enjoy political drinkings games during elections, debates or states of the union. In honor of him I bought a bottle of Chivas Regal 18 Year for today. My wife keeps telling me he would be proud of me and the more I think of him the harder it is to suppress tears. Manly Tears.
I hope that enough people can help me get out the vote in order to “Fix Fullerton with Ferguson”.
Win, Lose or Draw it’s been a ride and I thank all of you for your support.