November's election was an overwhelming victory for the Democrats. They retook control of the House, the Governor's office, the Executive Council, and have only a very narrow minority in the Senate. In Pembroke, we saw similarly dramatic results, with nearly every Republican losing where their election was contested. Congratulations to Kathi Guay, Merrimack County's Register of Deeds, for being the one to buck the trend.
I offer my congratulations to the three winning candidates in my election. Former Representatives Davis, Kelly, and Schuett will be returning to office to once again server the citizens that they represented two years ago. They have a lot of tough choices ahead of them and I know they will be working very hard at their jobs.
I want to thank the people of my district. It has been an honor to have been your Representative for the past two years. I thank you for both the encouragement and the criticism you gave me while I was in office. I know that we couldn't please everyone, but I did what I could to leave New Hampshire in a better place than when I was elected. I leave office with the state now having a budget surplus instead of a deficit, with rights of the individual restored, and with an improving business climate, particularly for our small businesses. May New Hampshire continue on the path to recovery from these difficult economic times.
I also want to thank the people who helped out on my campaign. All of those making phone calls, knocking on doors, placing my signs in your yard, or holding a sign at the polls are very much appreciated. Although I won't list the names here, there is one name I do need to thank in particular. My wife, Eve, helped tremendously. If she wasn't out going door-to-door, either with me or on her own, she was at home managing Evelyn, the animals, and the household so I could be off, free to do my own campaigning.
Will I run again? I don't know. Who can say what the next two years may bring. Whether I will have the time to run in the future will depend on what happens with work and with all my other responsibilities. I am looking forward in being able to catch up on all things non-political. It was a lot of work, these past two years, but the experience has been rewarding. I have learned a lot about lawmaking, the state government, and about Labor law in particular. If I can serve as a resource to any of you, please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
Thank you again. May you all enjoy health, prosperity, and happiness in the years to come.