After voting last Saturday, I sat by myself in the back of the Naperville City Council chambers, where I have spent some of the most memorable evenings of my life, first as a plan commission member and now as a City Councilman.
The big, dimly lit room was quiet and peaceful, nobody giving long-winded speeches or lobbying, flattering or insulting us. The silence Saturday provided time and space to think about some of the policies and plans I hoped to make happen in the next four years.
But that is not going to happen. Six new councilmen and Mayor Chirico will be running City government. I’m sure they will do fine. They’re smart, good people. Congratulations to them.
Speaking of good people, there’s nothing like unexpectedly losing an election to find out who your real friends are. Many of them were with us election night, counting the results, and two more, Alice Wood and Suzyn Price, showed up unexpectedly at our front door Tuesday night after the results were in.
I also appreciated warm telephone calls Wednesday and Thursday from Steve Chirico, Janice Anderson, Steve Rubin, Jim Hughes, Don Wirth and J.R. Wydra. Many others sent emails, and two people came up to me after the Wednesday City Council meeting to express their support. It’s all helping a lot.
Unsung heroes Frank Banach and Brian Bates also deserve shout outs. Frank drilled signs into the frozen ground, while Brian used his artistic skills to class up the campaign.
Thanks also to my children—Mike, Laura and Brendan—for their help, but thanks most of all to their dear mother, aka my wonderful wife, Kay. She worked hard even when tired. This campaign helped me appreciated her even more, so there’s that.
I also want to thank everyone who reached out to help us with the campaign. Whether you made a donation, or walked a precinct, it’s all appreciated. We could not have made it to election day without you.
What’s next? I hope to spend more time doing public policy and media consulting. What’s that? You can learn more by connecting with me on LinkedIn. See you around!