ELECTION STATEMENT

MORRIS COUNTY, IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE,

WILL ELECT A DEMOCRATIC COUNTY COMMISSIONER.

UNFORTUNATELY, AS FAR AS THIS ELECTION, THAT DEMOCRAT WON'T BE ME.


WE PUT UP A GOOD FIGHT. IN THE WORDS OF EDITH PIAF, NO, I HAVE NO REGRETS.


BUT IT IS CLEAR THAT WE WILL NOT BE VICTORIOUS.


THOUGH NOT SUCCESSFUL, THIS CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE.


I’VE SEEN PARTS OF MORRIS COUNTY THAT I DIDN’T KNOW EXISTED.


I’VE MADE TONS OF NEW FRIENDS.


AND I THINK WE’VE HELPED START A CONVERSATION

ABOUT WHAT WE REALLY WANT OUT OF OUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT.


I CONGRATULATE COMMISSIONERS KRICKUS, SMITH, AND SHAW ON THEIR VICTORIES,

BUT LET ME MAKE ONE THING CRYSTAL CLEAR:

THAT CONVERSATION WE STARTED IS FAR FROM OVER.


THERE ARE MANY, MANY PEOPLE I NEED TO THANK, AND WILL OVER THE COMING DAYS.

TOO MANY TO NAME INDIVIDUALLY, SO I’M GOING TO SINGLE OUT A FEW.


TO GOVERNOR MURPHY AND LT. GOVERNOR OLIVER,

THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING THE LEADERSHIP THAT MADE RUNNING SO MUCH EASIER.


TO OUR STATE PARTY, ESPECIALLY CHAIRMAN LEROY JONES,

THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING MORRIS COUNTY WITH THE RESOURCES WE NEEDED.


THOUGH THIS ELECTION DIDN’T GO AS WE’D HOPED, TRUST THAT BECAUSE OF THEIR SUPPORT WE HAVE LAID THE GROUNDWORK

FOR FUTURE VICTORIES ALL ACROSS MORRIS COUNTY.


TO OUR MUNICIPAL CHAIRS AND THEIR ORGANIZATIONS,

THANK YOU FOR BEING WHERE I COULDN’T.

FOR HAVING CONVERSATIONS I COULDN’T.

FOR BEING THERE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.


TO ALL OF MY FELLOW CANDIDATES,

ESPECIALLY OUR LOCAL CANDIDATES THAT RAN THIS YEAR,

YOU ARE THE BACKBONE OF THIS COUNTY.

I'M HONORED TO HAVE SHARED A BALLOT WITH YOU.


TO EVERY SINGLE VOLUNTEER THAT KNOCKED ON DOORS, SENT TEXTS, MADE CALLS, HOSTED EVENTS, SENT POSTCARDS. TO EVERYONE THAT INVESTED IN THIS JOURNEY, I COULD NOT AND WOULD NOT HAVE COME AS CLOSE AS I DID WITHOUT YOU.


TO MY CAMPAIGN MANAGER, AUSTIN WEIHMILLER. YOU CAME INTO THIS RACE WITH NO PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS ABOUT MORRIS COUNTY AND WITH ONE GOAL - TO WIN.

I KNOW RUNNING A CAMPAIGN IS A DEMANDING JOB, AND YOU CERTAINLY HAD YOUR SHARE OF BUMPS AND BRUISES, BUT YOU HANDLED IT WITH THE CALM, GRACE, AND POISE THAT MANY IN MORRIS COUNTY HAVE COME TO KNOW AND LOVE.

I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU DO NEXT.


AND LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, I WANT TO THANK MY HUSBAND, BRYAN MCCOURT. NOW, I’M A PRETTY CONFIDENT PERSON, BUT HE OFTEN BELIEVES IN ME

MORE THAN I BELIEVE IN MYSELF. AT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY,

HE ENCOURAGED ME TO KNOCK ON ONE MORE DOOR, MAKE ONE MORE CALL,

TO KEEP FIGHTING EVEN WHEN IT SEEMED POINTLESS.

POLITICAL SPOUSES ARE THE REAL HEROES OF THESE CAMPAIGNS,

AND HE’S MOST CERTAINLY MINE.


MY FRIENDS, I’M GOING TO BE HONEST WITH YOU.

WE SHOULD BE CELEBRATING A VICTORY. MANY VICTORIES.

MY OPTIMISM THESE LAST 10 MONTHS WAS NOT UNFOUNDED.


THE MOMENTUM WAS THERE, THE NUMBERS WERE MOVING IN OUR FAVOR,

AND WE HAD A MESSAGE THAT RESONATED WITH VOTERS.

THOUGH SOME WERE PESSIMISTIC, WE HAD A REAL SHOT AT A VICTORY.


IN THE COMING DAYS, WEEKS, AND MONTHS, WE’LL REFLECT ON THIS CAMPAIGN.

WE’LL FIGURE OUT WHAT WE DID WELL AND WHERE WE CAN IMPROVE.

THESE RESULTS CAN’T, AND WON’T, STOP THE MOMENTUM WE’VE BUILT.


BUT MOVING FORWARD, WE HAVE TO STOP WAITING FOR THE DEMOGRAPHICS

OF MORRIS COUNTY TO CHANGE FOR US. WE HAVE TO BE THE ONES TO DRIVE THE CONVERSATION, TO PUSH THE ISSUES THAT MATTER,

AND TO MAKE THE CHANGE WE SEEK.


IF WE’RE GOING TO ELECT MORE DEMOCRATS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL,

PUT DEMOCRATS IN COUNTY GOVERNMENT,

RE-ELECT MIKIE AND TOM NEXT YEAR,

FLIP LD-25 AND LD-26 IN 2023,

RE-ELECT A DEMOCRATIC SENATOR AND PRESIDENT IN 2024,

AND HELP OUR NOMINEE FOR GOVERNOR IN 2025 TURN MORRIS COUNTY BLUE,

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO NOT GIVE UP,

TO NOT BECOME COMPLACENT, AND TO NEVER ACCEPT THE STATUS QUO.


WE HAVE TO COME TOGETHER, ALL OF US, AROUND A COMMON PURPOSE - WINNING.


I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR ME JUST YET, BUT I DO KNOW ONE THING:


I’M NOT GIVING UP.


I BELIEVE IN OUR PARTY TOO MUCH.

I BELIEVE IN OUR COUNTY TOO MUCH.

I BELIEVE IN YOU TOO MUCH.


I’M GOING TO KEEP FIGHTING AND WORKING

TOWARDS ELECTING DEMOCRATS UP AND DOWN THE BALLOT IN 2022.


I HOPE YOU’LL JOIN ME.


AND TO THE REPUBLICANS IN MORRIS COUNTY WHO THOUGHT THIS YEAR WAS TOUGH, YOU JUST WAIT.


MY JOURNEY, OUR JOURNEY, IS JUST GETTING STARTED.


ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

I’VE TRULY HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE.


UNTIL NEXT TIME.

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