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Overwhelmed by number of people who thanked me for running

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To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank the many people who supported me during my recent run for a position on the Selectboard in Alton. A number of people gave support, resources, time, advice and encouragement during the process. These people know who they are and probably don't even want to be thanked but deserve to be.

I ran what I consider to be an old-fashioned campaign, talking to groups around town, putting out signs, talking with individuals at the town transfer station and appearing on Niel Young's radio show for an hour. My supporters were there with me every step of the way.

Early on, at least one local newspaper reported that there were two people running against an incumbent for two seats, but on Election Day it became apparent that the two establishment candidates had joined forces against the dark horse (me). Coupled with the Selectboard chairman campaigning with the others it was a brilliant strategy to ensure that the makeup of the board did not change too much.

I congratulate the winners on a job well done, and wish them the best.

Finally, I was overwhelmed by the number of people who shook my hand and thanked me for running. This was a humbling experience. Unfortunately, voter turnout was considerably lower than I had hoped for. Still, my numbers were not that bad. I am not discouraged, and I hope this will encourage others to step forward in the future and run for public office to maintain a constant rotation of public officials as our founders intended.

Phil Wittmann