LETTER: Candidate’s Post-Election Message to Voters

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David Stokes

Voters of Watertown,

You have spoken, and the results are in! I offer a hearty thanks to each of you who cast a ballot in this election. And many more profound thanks to all the candidates across the ballot, both successful and unsuccessful candidates alike – I know that the run for elected office is trying and can be tumultuous. Although I was unsuccessful in my run for re-election, I am confident that the collective wisdom of the democratic process has provided a robust School Committee going forward.

I am grateful for the opportunity that you provided me 4 years ago to serve on the School Committee as your elected representative. No one could have guessed all the decisions and changes that would come as a result of navigating through a pandemic. I am glad that I was able to make some contributions during my tenure. And I cannot wait to see the final result of the new high school!

While I am disappointed that I did not run a campaign effective enough to retain my seat, I deeply thank every person who supported and voted for me. In particular, I especially have to thank the Watertown Educators Association for endorsing my campaign and taking a chance on me. Please know that my passion for the success of Watertown students and our city will not easily be quelled. I will simply continue to advocate from the other side of the table. I have lost elections before, and, as some of you might remember, I just kept right on working to make Watertown better. Failure does not mean that the fight is over; it just means that you learn from your mistakes, re-double your efforts, and persevere. As Winston Churchill has said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Before I close, I also want to thank my wife and daughter again; their love and support truly make me better.

Your neighbor and public servant,
David Stokes

6 thoughts on “LETTER: Candidate’s Post-Election Message to Voters

  1. Thanks David for your public service. Your right the most important part of life is there right in front of you! Thanks made my day, best wishes in the future!

  2. David, I am sorry you lost. Your speech at the Watertown Dems forum was so full of ideas and passions. I hope you find a place or post that can use all of them.

  3. David, thank you for this very beautiful message, and thank you most of all for your devoted service to Watertown’s children and to our community!

  4. Keep going, David! You have many more contributions to make, and you’re a valued member of this community. (p.s. I voted for you)

  5. David,

    Thank you for this letter. While I was not a supporter, please know that I respect you and what you have done for our students. The school committee is, at least in part, a policymaking body and we just simply disagreed on policy. That is OK!

    Thank you for your service and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

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