We Are Already Victorious
Psalm 75:5-7 5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. 6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. 7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
I would like to thank everyone that came out and supported me on August 25th. God has blessed me to be in a run off. People really showed up. I would especially like to thank my opponents, Tashina Morris, Phyllis Harvey-Hall and Cornelius Calhoun. All throughout the process, they were very nice. There were some little things going on but the overall process was very pleasant. Everyone got along. It was not like I thought it would be at all. I look forward to working with all of them going forward.
The people that volunteered were amazing. My entire family stepped up. It is my nature to always stick my nose into everything and they always have my back even if they do not always agree with the fight or in some case think I started it. All during the election, they were encouraging me to keep moving forward. They continually amazed me as they did things that were totally out of character to move my campaign forward when I thought everything was hopeless. They continue to amaze me and I am blessed to call them family. I am truly a rich man.
Yesterday during the election, I had so much fun. First, there were the people that VOLUNTEERED their time and money. The day started at 2 AM with Isaiah Sankey and Cory Johnson. We were out at 2 AM putting up signs. Although I did not listen to them and my signs were all pulled up, they let me do it my way anyway. They advised me all along the way and kept pushing me. They picked up people and gave them rides. They re-arranged their work and business schedule to be at my side. They went DEEP in their pockets and paid for things at the last minute that blew my mind.
Then there are the Fords. I called Mr. Ford at the last minute and 6 of the best kids showed up and worked 12 hours straight. Hannah Ford and her siblings were waving signs and shouting to try and get people to vote for me. One of them got so sunburned that I had to immediately run to the drugstore and get aloe and buy him a hat. They did not complain and they ran hard across the finish line. Without them, I would have come very short on poll workers. I did not have to worry about those two locations at all. They handled everything. They are a true testament to their parents.
There are also people from my church like brother Leon Burnette, Rufus Smith, Richard Smith and Anthony Huffman. Also, I cannot forget Celina Towns who affectionately calls me Uncle Green. She is an outstanding young lady. She got there at 7 AM and worked all the way up until she had to go to work. She gave me time when there was no time to give. Then there were people Like Troy Towns, Lula Bridges that dropped in where they could. Lance Lee showed up at the nick of time to provide much needed print support as we were running out of handouts. He stayed there and encouraged me across the finish line.
All through the day, people were stepping up to help. I had no money to give them and they just did it out of the kindness of their heart. I have never been the type of person to ask for help so I did not know how to handle it. I am always overcome by the kindness of people. It only makes me want to give more to help people. Brother Cory told me something that shows that he is wise beyond his years. He said that I should allow people to bless me because it blesses them. He said I should not stop them. I know I am paraphrasing but you get the gist.
Finally, there were the wonderful poll workers for the other candidates. All of them were very nice. I especially had fun with the poll workers for Calhoun team. We shared water, food and shade. There was no animosity among the workers. They made the day go by fast. They brought a smile on my face every time I saw them. When I first arrived at the initial polling precinct, I was in a very bad mood. I was upset because all of my signs had been pulled up and I had to scramble. The tents that I purchased could not be used because we did not have time to assemble them. But as soon as I got out of the car, I ran into one of my school mates that I have not seen for years. We immediately starting laughing from there and did not stop.
Now, I am in a run off. The race is not over yet. The people have spoken. Over 52% of the people want change. We can do this. I am reaching out to the Tashina Morris and Phyllis camp. We will organize to take back district 5 for the people. I am encouraged that we can do this. I am willing to work with anyone for all walks of life as long as it will benefit the people of district 5. I will be meeting with people starting tomorrow to begin to strategize. October 6th will be here in no time. Got to get out and start hitting some doors. Oh, my aching feet.
I cannot thank everyone enough especially all those that made campaign donations. Without them, I could not have bought any of the items needed for the campaign. I almost forgot the guy that came up with those great signs that were such a success, Josh Pittman. I have him back in the lab working on a new tagline that is going to be great. Stand by. If you ever need any type of design work done, he is your man. I will be using him forever. I hope that I have not left anyone out. It all is a blur right now. I am just trying to recount the events of the day. I wish I had more pictures. That is unlike me. I was so stressed yesterday I forgot.
In closing, I would like to add that none of this would have been possible without God being by my side. There were so many times during this process that I wanted to give up but God came to see about me. He gave me the strength to continue and the courage to stay strong when I doubted myself. Like Yolanda Adams sang in her song, I already have the victory. I set out to run a good race. Win or lose the election, I already have the victory because of all of the good people I have met along the way and all of the people that have blessed me in this race. It is not in vain that I strive because good will come out of this as I begin to impact the neighborhood. For those of you that have prayed for me, please keep me in your prayers that I continue to strive and run a good race. And should I be victorious, please pray that I stay strong in the Lord and that I impact Montgomery for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.