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Rick Wilson: Editorial 11-16-12

I wanted to thank everyone who voted for me to be our next State Representative. I knew going in to this race that it was going to be an up hill climb, but it was something that I was passionate about, and wanted to give it a try. I’m sure I had my opponents supporters concerned, cause I was always replacing signs that were stolen, and fixing the ones they tampered with.

True I was disappointed at first with the final vote count. That was because I put so much of time and effort in the campaign. Plus, I financed my own campaign, while the others had special interest financing their campaign, even from outside of the State. I know, no one asked me to run of office, but I wanted to do something for the community, and I thought this would be a great way for me to serve.

What did I learn from this experience? I’ve learned that you can go to every event, attend meetings, do radio interviews, place signs throughout the 2 Counties, and place radio and newspaper ads, just to find out no one knows who you are, what office you are running for, nor do they know who your opponents are on election day. I couldn’t believe how many people stopped to ask me those questions while I was greeting people at the polls during early voting.

What did I get out of this experience? I have meet a lot of great people who I would have never had known. I found out about organizations that I never knew existed. People who were strangers are now my friends.

I am not ashamed of my attempt. I had very little help, but the help I did have was very much appreciated. I am not known by many, but I’m known by a few more now. I am very touched that 1707 people thought enough of me, and trusted me to represent them in legislature. I still have people congratulating me on my effort, and thanking me for running for them. For me, that is what it was truly all about…..We the people.

If you’d like to keep in touch, friend me on Facebook. I’ll accept.

Again, Thank you so much!

Rick Wilson

Former Independent candidate for Tennessee State Representative

Pleasant View

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