I want to thank the Williamson family and Peggy Carlson for the arrangements tonight. Peggy, we are a long way from a Weber grill at Oregon Park. Thank you for all that you have done.
No campaign of this magnitude could be achieved without a plan and the team to execute it. For that, I thank Rob Lee, our campaign guru, Ian Caraway, our campaign manager, and Wayne Witter, master of volunteers.
Thank you Elizabeth Shreiner for keeping the books. Nobody could have been better served handling more than 400 donations.
I truly was blown away by the demand the signs after our Primary victory. Thank you Bill Delamater and Howard Wolf for your flexibility in getting the signs out there regardless of the location.
Everyone needs a sounding board. Michael Murphy and the Reverend aka Master Sergeant Henry Holley USMC (Retired) have been there for me through thick and thin. Thank you both. If there was a campaign warrior, it would be my wife Judy. Quite honestly the Chairman never stood a chance with her out there. Thank you and I love you.
The people of Cobb County affirmed their faith in us with victory in both the Primary and the Run Off. I thank all of them and will honor their trust by working hard for them every day that I am their Chairman.
But tonight belongs to the volunteers. In recognizing their achievement I’d like to paraphrase the words of Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 12.
The body has many parts, but all the parts form one body. Moreover, God has put the body together so that its parts have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
I hope that all of you understand now that you were part of a bigger plan. Echoing Paul, you were part of a body where you all played a role. You were meant to be here in this place and in this time for this greater purpose and to do exactly what you did in order for us to achieve victory. The goal may have been to elect Mike Boyce as the Chairman of Cobb County. But I am merely the instrument for the greater purpose which is the continuation of that legacy of our Founding Fathers to preserve and protect our way of government. You are the new centurions for our future security.
Tonight you can say with conviction that Cobb County is once again a government of the people, by the people and for the people. In the words of Paul’s letter to Timothy, you fought the good fight, you finished the race, you kept the faith.
By the door, there is a box of push cards. I want everyone to take one and use it for a bookmark for the rest of your lives. Let it be a reminder of what you accomplished, what can be accomplished, when a few have the hearts of lions and lionesses. I shall always be eternally grateful for what you have achieved. Now let’s go out there and lead a new Cobb built on openness and transparency. May God bless all of you, the residents of Cobb County and Georgia, and the United States of America!!