This Campaign Journal Closes

Life moves on, even if you've lost a primary race.

Last Tuesday voters chose Joe Diminico to run as the Democratic candidate in the 13th District. I sincerely wish him success in his upcoming campaign. Life goes on even for candidates who lose elections. Nellie (the Golden Retriever) who has been my campaign companion has left politics for the theatre. Her most recent role this past weekend as a “dog” fish in the B. P. Learned Mission’s production of “Nemo Saves the Sea” was a howling success. She intends to audition for the role of “Wolf” in their upcoming Halloween show “Transylvania’s Got Talent.”

Charlie Murray, campaign Jack-of-all-trades, has rediscovered his singing talents and is forming a singing group. Those wishing to hear Charlie perform will need to purchase tickets to the Glastonbury Democratic Pasta Dinner. Date to be announced.

As for myself, I entered this race as the underdog. It was, as one Manchester member of Joe’s election committee remarked, a contest between zip codes and 06040 triumphed. I have a cord of wood remaining to split and stack for the winter; 23 quarts of tomatoes left to jar with Chris to assure us of sufficient tomato puree for soups, stews, and sauce; and two books that await finishing touches before they go off to the publishers.

For those who smiled and waved as I stood on Griswold Street, Highland Street and East Center Street, thank you. For those who took the time to say hello and offered your thoughts on how I might serve the needs of the 13th District, thank you. It was a pleasure to meet you, and I wish you success and good health in the days that follow.    

Attached to this closing entry is a photo of Nellie in her recent role as a "Dog fish."  

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