***DISCLAIMER: I know talking politics is a quick way to lose readers, but this is a blog about my everyday life and politics plays a big role in our family, so I’m just staying true to how things are.
I just want to brag for a little bit on my handsome hubby. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned here before that he serves on our local governing body and I’m also pretty sure that I’ve not hidden the fact that we are conservative Republicans. In fact, one of the first questions hubby asked me was if I had ever voted for a Democrat. Seems I got the answer correct thankfully or else he wouldn’t have dated me! (FYI – I have since voted for a Democrat at the local level, and would vote for one at higher level if he/she was more inline with my values/views than the Republican.) I also knew from the moment I met my hubby that politics was a very important part of his life and that one of his life-long dreams is to be a US Senator.
For the past 6 years, he has had the privilege of serving our local community on the governing body and two of those years he’s had the honor of serving as Mayor. The first year was the year we got married and he was up for re-election. He’s also serving as Mayor this year and is again up for re-election.
My hubby does not serve for the pay (he gets less than $4000/year in compensation for what really is a full-time job). He does not serve to boost his own ego or advance his political career. He serves because he truly cares about making a difference in the lives of the 45,000+ residents who live in the town in which he grew up. He is the first to admit that too often politicians stay in office long after they should have retired and I’m proud to know that he is willing and ready to step down when the time is right.
During re-election, he works his tail off. In addition to his 3 full-time jobs (running his wealth management firm, running the farm, and serving as CEO of another small family-owned company) and the job of Mayor, he spends many hours walking door-to-door meeting with residents and listening to their concerns. He gets up early to go to bus stops and communicate with those residents who commute long hours into NYC for work each day. Occasionally he gets to experience fun things like attending a football game this past Sunday with the Governor in his luxury box, and it’s neat to see how he’s getting to be known at higher levels in the state because of his excellent work in our community. Yet, through all of this, he is still the same man.
I love you babe, and I am so proud of all the work you put into being a public servant. I pray God will bless your efforts for re-election this November and that some day if it’s His will, you’ll see your dream of serving in the US Senate come to fruition. Until then, continue to serve with dignity and grace, regardless of the nasty things the papers and opponents try to throw at you, knowing that when you are through, you will hear God say “Well done, good and faithful [public] servant.”