Acceptance Speech - July 14, 2020

Good afternoon and I thank you all for being here today. One of my favorite authors wrote:
"HERE IS A TEST TO FIND WHETHER YOUR MISSION ON EARTH IS FINISHED: IF YOU'RE ALIVE, IT ISN'T".

Well, I am alive and I consider the honor to represent you on the Newport News City Council a very important and special MISSION. I stand here with a VERY grateful heart which leads me to another saying I recently read: A GRATEFUL HEART IS A MAGNET FOR MIRACLES.

My campaign was just that...a miracle of so many people who donated their time, talent, and treasury to make it happen. It would take too long to name all who made the miracle happen, but I have to mention a few: first I thank God, the ultimate miracle maker; my husband who has always been my Campaign Treasurer and my personal treasure! He always reminds of the time he suggested I run for public office and my answer was, "I will never run for public office"! My Daughter, her husband, who doesn't like signs in his yard but allowed mine, my Granddaughter, Maddie and Grandson, Michael. My Campaign Manager, Lou Call who is also my personal driver to make sure I get where I need to be in Lou's Limousine; Dale Goode, sign man and my face book manager; Bill Boxer the sign man extradinaire; Bob Lord, my web page manager who is so patient with me when I procrastinate; Dwight Bryant who has always generously supported me; Bobby and Vickie Freeman who were so generous and supportive. Bobby is responsible for our wonderful collection of Public Art that we have in our city.; Susan Youngbluth, president of the Republican Woman's Club who does so much for so many; Ray Suttle, Jr. who donated the campaign headquarters and whose generosity is beyond thanking. Ray and Chad Green were my team of lawyers who supported me throughout the re-count process and yes, the only thing better than winning once is winning twice! Now I am doing what I said I would not do...trying to name everyone. All who covered the Headquarters, manned precincts, made calls, I thank you all from the bottom of a very grateful heart. A special "Thank you" to The Reverend Kathy Gray who swore me in and is my oldest friend who knows all my stories but I know a few of hers, too!

One of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. is: "It is always the right time to do the right thing...I have always tried to do the right thing and will continue to do so.

Benjamin Franklin who said, "Politics is the art of possibility." Some may remember the line from the Mission Impossible show... "Should you decide to accept this mission..." I accept this challenging mission and with your continued support, it will be a Mission of Possibilities.

The last thing I will quote is four lines that was on the bottom of an email from a friend on the Sister Cities Board. I immediately ask him if I could use it because it really says it all:

VISION TO SEE
FAITH TO BELIEVE
COURAGE TO DO
HERE I STAND