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I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all 748 people who voted for me, many of whom I did not know. Iím extremely honored and humbled by the support I was shown. I have no regrets, and Iím proud of how I ran my campaign. I did not take any cheap shots on my opponentsí personalities, where they worked, how they made their living or their motives for running. Everyone who knows me knows Iím an honest person to a fault and knows I donít hold back. When I did speak about my opponents, I based what I said on facts and I did so with dignity.

I also need to thank my wife and family. Julie had to make many sacrifices while I sought public office, and my three kids didnít see their daddy for 15 to 20 hours per week while I was knocking on doors. Last Wednesday, when my 4-year-old daughter woke up, I had to tell her that her daddyís best wasnít good enough this go-around. She said, ďItís OK, Daddy, I voted for you.Ē After that, all was well again in the Donovan household.

Somebody very close to me once said, ďItís not worth doing unless youíre having fun.Ē Campaigning and knocking on doors was just that, and I canít begin to tell you what a great experience it was. I got to see jealousy and racism first-hand and doors slammed in my face, and was called not-so-nice names. However, I also got to meet a lot of new people and was able to talk to them about the issues of the election. I found it extremely rewarding to see so much enthusiasm for Chesapeake Beach and, really, thatís what makes this a great town to live in.

Wes Donovan, Chesapeake Beach