Here we are at the end of the old campaign trail, and thanks
are due to the many wonderful people who got me here.
First and forever foremost, my husband, John Oakley, who wrote
dozens of enormous checks, suffered an equal number of candidate
crises and lived for months under siege. What a blessing to be
partners with such a stalwart. Thanks, John.
To our daughters Adelie and Antonia, thank you for your encouragement. And especially
to Toni for all those weekends at the Farmer's Market
and walking precincts.
Tony Bernhard was responsible for every single element of the
best, smartest campaign ever conducted. His vision, skill, and
strategic genius got me on track and kept me on track. In fact,
Tony designed and built the track. From the graphics that he designed,
to the mail campaign he prescribed, right through the TV spots
that he wrote, filmed, edited, produced and distributed, Tony
was the engine that made the campaign go. His great kindness and
compassion, his generosity and wisdom sustained our entire campaign.
We are all grateful to Tony.
Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto is a man of his word, and I doubt
I could calculate the benefit of his contribution to our effort.
Timothy J. Howe volunteered his tremendous skill and experience
as a campaign consultant. Thanks, Tim; you still haven't lost
an election in Yolo County! Mayra Mendoza was a wonderful campaign
coordinator. On the job 24-7 and a very willing heart, what a
gal! Holly Snyder is officially the world's greatest mail director.
She kept the mail going out almost single-handedly. No one else
had to give it a thought. What a break! Dave Edwards, Bruce Mackenzie
and Steve Souza, The Sign Men these are stand up guys;
I am really lucky to count them among my supporters.
To my wonderful friends and neighbors who contributed generously,
hosted lawn signs, called with encouragement, hosted fundraisers
and walked precincts there is no way to express my gratitude.
What a miserable, lonely life it would be without people like
you in it. Barb Patenaude on the database, Nancy and Mike Adams
in the kitchen and the bar, Karen and Carl Eilers and Paula and
Dave Cooper as hosts, all the Annie Oakley Sharpshooters
thank you so much. To Richard Reid of Reid Web Design, thank for
my beautiful web site; our community is lucky to have you here.
my friends in the choir at FBC, you were my core support group
and your prayers and humor were the very breath the Holy Spirit
when I was feeling down.
Finally, I cannot say enough about the dedication and steadfast
purpose of the staff that I am blessed to work with daily in the
Clerk/Recorder's Office. No matter what the challenges, these
folks show up every day, frequently for very long hours, and support
each other in jobs that are more difficult and more complicated
than any of us appreciate. Notwithstanding the tremendous burden
of fatigue and the raw uncertainty of not knowing who their boss
would be at the end of the day, these women and men carry on with
professionalism at jobs that demand perfection. Every candidate
and every voter should appreciate their work. I am especially
grateful they make me look good every day.
I am grateful to the voters of Yolo County who have reposed a
grave trust in me. I will do my very best to merit the confidence
you have shown. Democracy depends on everyone; I aim to do my