Why Run Again, After Defeat?

March 01, 2018

Everyone knows the old saying, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

But how many of us internalize the meaning? Does it mean try once or twice then give up?

I achieved around 15% of the vote my first time out in a district where the Democrats were holding their national convention. The next time I nearly garnered 20% of the vote. In a district weighted 85% against me, that means I am getting votes from members of the opposing party and unaffiliated voters, perhaps fed up with business as usual. In my next bid I climbed a bit farther, and now all the maps have been redrawn. 

Anything can happen. I am in this for the long haul. This is not a hobby. Something you do for fun. Believe me, and anyone else who ever ran for office, the work is hard, the hours are long, there is strain on every part of your life, there is literally no reward, and in the end you rely on strangers who can propel your ideas into office or stop you cold.

Election day is uplifting or a hard slap down. Either way, the nation continues as does our state. We need to uplift this city and state, and we need to do it now as never before. I believe I have the abilities necessary to help in that regard.

A man I know and like to reference once ran for the state house in his state and lost. The same year he lost his job. He tried to start a business and failed. His fiancé died. Then he had a nervous breakdown. Then, when finally elected to the statehouse he was defeated for the Speakership. Later, he was defeated in his bid for Congress, finally elected, then lost renomination, and was defeated. He was defeated for land officer, defeated for a US Senate bid, defeated for nomination as Vice President, then AGAIN defeated for the US Senate. For 30 years this failure must have been the laughing stock of his state and nation. WHO would put themselves through that and for what purpose?

I believe sometimes we are called to tasks which seem impossible, and we throw up our hands when we should get to work and quietly try again.

So when people innocently ask, and sometimes condescendingly, “Why are you running again?”, or they say, “You can’t win!” - I have to tell them about someone I admire who never gave up. You may have met him too. But maybe it would be better if I related some words of this historic loser, this ridiculous nobody who everyone dismissed for several decades, to give you a better perspective on why anyone should keep working hard against the odds. Sometimes there is a reason to pursue the goal.

Maybe on your next trip to Washington, D.C. you can visit the loser in question. In a momentous time he penned then spoke these words:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” ­– Abraham Lincoln

It is why we should always try again. Lincoln was a continuous failure his entire life it seemed, until his nation needed his abilities and chose him to save a country and free a people.

I will work for your vote.

It is why I am a Republican. I need votes from every group to win.

And it is why I am running…again.

Together, we can put Charlotte and this state, back to work and elevate ALL of our citizens.

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