The election is over and we can now settle into the roles that each of us can play in this continuing story we call democracy. Even though I don't get to represent you in Washington, Citizen Harry Perkinson will always stand for the ideals and values I ran on this year.

I write today to express a heartfelt thank you to all the people of the 4th Congressional District who cast their vote me. To the many hard- working people who supported my campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives, with their time, energy and dollars, words cannot express my deepest gratitude. Your support for me and your commitment to the values we share is humbling and I will never forget it.

Even though I lost my bid for the House, the business of governing continues. I urge everyone to stay engaged, informed and involved, to continue the dialog and to make your voices heard.

The opportunity to run for Congress has been an amazing experience for me and my family. Thank you.

Harry Perkinson