Tuesday night’s election won’t go down as a good night for local Republicans, but Wake County Republican Party Chairwoman Donna Williams is trying to put the best spin on things.
In an email message today to fellow Republicans, Williams says they’re “thrilled” that four of their endorsed candidates won. As for the eight endorsed candidates who lost including all four school board candidates Williams says they’re “thankful” they ran but “are disappointed with the election results.”
“While many sit at home complaining, you put yourself out there, and gave it your best,” Williams says of the losing candidates. “Please stay engaged, as we need more people like you.”
Williams doesn’t mention the Wake County school bond issue or the City of Raleigh transportation bond issue. The Wake GOP opposed bond issues that passed on Tuesday.
Here’s Williams’ email:
Dear fellow Republicans -
I am sending a sincere THANK YOU to many:
To our Candidates for running.
We are thrilled with the victories for:
Wayne Maiorano, for Raleigh City Council District A
John Odom, for Raleigh, City Council District B
Jennifer Robinson, for Cary Town Council District A
Jack Smith, for Cary Town Council District C
We are thankful to the following for running, although we are disappointed with the election results. While many sit at home complaining, you put yourself out there, and gave it your best . Please stay engaged, as we need more people like you.
Don McIntyre - Wake School Board District 1
Matt Scruggs - Wake School Board District 2
Deborah Prickett - Wake School Board District 7
Nancy Caggia - Wake School Board District 9
Robert Weltzin - Raleigh Mayor
Robert Williams - Raleigh City Council At-Large
Jason Spriggs - Raleigh City Council At-Large
Marcus Hill - Raleigh City Council District C
We are also thankful for the over 600 Wake County Republicans who served us inside the polls yesterday, as Judges and assistance. As far as I am aware, there were NO troubles inside the polls - you keep things running smoothly and legal!
To the numerous volunteers who made phone calls, knocked on doors and helped at the polls yesterday as greeters - you DID make a difference! I hope you all know how much your efforts are appreciated by everyone, especially our candidates.
Rest up today because we have 18 endorsed candidates to help for the Nov. 5th election. I will be sending information on that shortly.
Our Volunteer office:
811 Spring Forest Road, Suite 1200
Raleigh, NC 27609
Wake GOP Chair