As the newly elected honorary Mayor of Eastsound, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard to help me accomplish this success.
First and foremost, I would like to thank my owners, Adam Bartram and Kristin Mierau. When Windermere Real Estate offered to sponsor my race, I was very hesitant to say “yes.” I am only two and a half years old, and while I enjoy the outdoors and love supporting everything related to our beautiful island, I am a bit shy, and was not sure about being out in the public. I really enjoyed meeting so many new people, locals and visitors. Hugs, pats, and kisses were always welcomed.
One of my favorite campaign trail stops was the ice cream social at the Olga Artworks. Dave Roseberry sang me a “Fargo” song and a very nice visitor shared some of his ice cream. Ah, the perks of campaigning were awesome. I still dream about the ice cream...
A big, huge, gargantuan thank you to Mariah Buck, my campaign manager. Without her none of this would have been possible. Her creativity, dedication, and unending energy was phenomenal. I woof you.
As time went on and the campaign gained momentum, Adam and Kristin were always by my side, encouraging me to step beyond my comfort zone. I would also like to thank TJ Liblik, Katherine Taylor, and Serafina Buck, my youthful cheering squad. Together you all chanted my support throughout the entire 4th of July parade. You also campaigned fiercely on a grassroots level, reaching out to other kids and sharing with them all of the reasons you supported me for the race.
Kate Johnson, Nancy Loomis and Tina Brown were fabulous campaign promoters each weekend at the Farmers’ Market.
A big bow wow thank you! Suzana Roach, our marketing materials coordinator, created some fantastic artwork and pieces to get my name out to the public. Thank you, thank you.
And, a super duper thank you to Pop Up Print Shop, here in Eastsound, owned by Emily and Andrew Youngren. Your collaborative efforts helped us to really step up the publicity of the mayoral campaign with our wonderful T-shirts.
And, of course, we can’t forget the Orcas Island Children’s House board, administrative staff, teachers, my fellow campaigners (Jinger, Lucy, Winston, and Panda), and most importantly the children. Thank you!
After all, it is because of all of you that we have rallied to raise more than $7,600 in this mayoral race. Our goal was to raise $8,000 and we were very, very close. If you would still like to make a contribution, or if you would like to follow the historical events of the mayoral campaign, visit OICH.org.
As your most recent representative of our very special island community, I will do my best to spread good will to all. I look forward to seeing you throughout the year.