The primary election of 2010 is over. I took a couple of days to rest and spend a little time at my farm, The Little House on the Prairie.
I want to thank everyone for the incredible support that you gave me and this campaign. I want to thank everyone who contributed to the campaign; who worked in the headquarters; who walked in the one hundred degree weather; who called and emailed and wrote letters and talked with their neighbors. The groundswell of support during this last year was heartwarming and overwhelming.
Unfortunately, the results of the election were not quite what we wanted. At the end, there was a 10% surge of conservative voters statewide get out to vote. Many of these voters were Tiahrt supporters in the 4th district. However, a year ago when we decided to run, we didn’t know how many moderate Republicans were left. We found out that there are many moderate-thinking Republicans and Independents still left in Kansas. I thank all the people who switched party affiliation to vote for me. I want to thank the GOP Club for working so hard, too. There is a middle-of the road, moderate group left in this state, and I think that we were ignited again for this election.
I plan to continue the good fight in the Kansas Senate. I am going to research third-party groups from out of state and educational groups, such as Americans for Prosperity, who advertise against or for candidates during the last week of an election.
I want to challenge all of you. Please, be concerned about the future of our city, our state and our country. A candidate (we all know who) said at the WIBA forum that he wants to go to Washington, D.C. to “throw sand in the gears every time”. What does that mean? Do we really want to stop programs that will help our senior citizens, our kids, the disabled , our safety, the less fortunate and businesses?” That comment has stayed with me. Which do you want? Do you want to “throw sand in the gears every time”, or do you want to “roll up your sleeves, pitch in, and be a part of the solution”? I know which I choose.
Thank you so much. Let us all stay in touch, and please choose a cause or campaign to work FOR. I can think of a few.
Jean Kurtis Schodorf