It’s been a few days since the election. I have been meaning to write this letter sooner, but I have just been exhausted. Despite this exhaustion, I was still only managing about 3 or 4 hours of sleep per night until last night. I’ve not told anyone this, but from the moment I first had the idea to run for constable, I began praying to God. I told God that I didn’t know if this is what he wanted for me, but that I wanted it. If by His grace I was fortunate enough to get elected, I wanted to use this to build and grow His kingdom. So, I thank God for letting me borrow this particular leadership role. Thank you to everyone who helped, supported me, and the almost 600 people that took the time to write in “Council Nedd II” on their ballot. Without the help of all of you, I would not have won with around 70% of the vote. I am using approximate numbers because all the write in ballots have not yet been “certified”. As Tish and Jodi, who work in the election office, said to me today, “next time, do everyone a favor and get on the ballot.” No one was prepared for a write-in campaign of this magnitude.
- Some people got behind me early and did not hesitate when I asked for their support and official endorsements:
- Two retired PA State Troopers, and a beautiful couple, Lt. Bill and Cpl. Toni Gilhooley;
- One of my closest friends, the star of TLC’s newest hit show, Suddenly Royal, former State Trooper, Pam Howe;
- Political pundit and former NYPD officer, and friend from the Kelly File, Bill Stanton; and
- Niger Innis from TPNN
There are a couple of people I owe a special debt of thanks. First, let me begin by thanking Bill & Inez Howe, and their nephew, for encouraging this idea from the beginning. I also want to thank one of my oldest friends Mr. Eamon M. Clifford who actually developed and revised the winning campaign strategy. I also want to thank Miss Emma Poyntz who edited the campaign literature and orchestrated my on-line efforts.
I certainly cannot forget my election day poll workers, Dr. Wendy Coulson, Dr. Jim Edwards, Fr. Fred Erb, and Mr. Eamon Clifford. Their presence at the various polling places made all the difference. By the way, Eamon gets the award for travelling the farthest to help at the polls. Lastly, I want to thank a few people who made an extra effort to get out to vote and get their friends to support me; Julie Miller of State College, Scott Huch, the Wheeler family of Pine Grove Mills, the Amato family of Pine Grove Mills, the Mahle family of State College, the Damus family of State College, Heidi Cole of State College, and Carol Demetrick of Pine Grove Mills. I cannot forget the members and friends of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Pine Grove Mills. Of course, I have to show gratitude to the Robertson Family of Arlington, VA, Peter, Suzie, Rachel and Sarah Jane. Although we have very different political views, they have never turned their backs on me and have supported me in every endeavor.
So, what happens next? I am waiting for my official certification of my election victory. Once I have the certification number, I can then register for my required Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) classes that I must take to do the job. Sometime in January, I believe the 21st, I will be sworn in as constable. Again, I want to thank everyone for their unwavering support. God bless you. Regards,