Well, the party's over, at least my part of it. It has been an experience from which I learned a great deal.
I made a lot of new friends and grew closer to many. I want to thank all those who supported me and voted for me. I appreciate the confidence you have in me. There are so many people to list, and I don't want to leave anyone out. Some worked at least as hard as I did to get the message across.
Whatever participation you may have had, whether great or small, you all played a part in getting to where we did. I can't give enough thanks for what you have all done.
Just think, it starts all over again in 18 months. I do have to give special mention to one person who helped me so much, my wife Deborah. She has been behind me all the way and it would have been much more difficult without her. The saying is true, "Behind every good man is a good woman." Thank you.
I would like to endorse some council candidates. I believe that Su Connell, Barbara Underwood and Mike Vogel are good choices.
None of them are single-issue candidates and have no axe to grind. They have some common sense and the varied backgrounds and experience needed on the council. They have seen the same needs that I saw for the changes that need to be made in our town government. It's not that we need to slash and burn and start over, but there are definitely changes that need to come about. Everyone gets to make their own decisions, but I encourage you to at least consider their positions on the issues and, every bit as important, their reasons for running for council.
Again, thanks to everyone for your support. I will continue to be involved in the town as I have in the past and will probably find more ways to be more involved as well.
Jon Barber, Payson