I'd like to thank all those who made my election to the Juneau Assembly possible. Your efforts showed the effectiveness of a grass roots campaign. Without all the time, hard-earned money and volunteer labor you gave to the campaign, Tuesday night's results would have been much different. Your hard work showed that shoe leather and elbow grease can win out over well-financed campaigns.
In particular, I'd like to thank my sweetheart, Jessica Paris, for standing by me and volunteering countless hours. My campaign manager, M'Iva Rickey, held the ship together and worked tirelessly, going above and beyond the call of duty. Mary Part Schilly, my treasurer, stayed incredibly organized and made filing the detailed APOC reports look easy. My campaign chair, Sue Warner (along with her husband Ken), provided all the moral support I could ever need and fed me whenever I was too busy to remember to eat. And my family believed in me and supported me from afar.
I'd also like to thank the over 50 other volunteers who went door-to-door with me, put up yard signs, answered phones at KTOO, endorsed me on radio ads, gave sound campaign advice, held fund-raisers, made countless phone calls, donated graphic design, made buttons, wrote letters of support in the paper, donated cooking and food, and braved the cold and snow to hold up signs with me on Egan Drive. I'd try to list all your names, but I know I'd forget someone. You know who you are. You were the heart and soul of this campaign
And to the Juneau voters who gave me their support, thank you for believing in me. I will do my level best to serve the entire community well. I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work with all of you. Let's work together to build the new high school, construct a pool in the valley, plan for tourism, provide good jobs, and protect our clean air and clean water. Please call me anytime at 586-1819 or e-mail me at marc_wheeler@ yahoo.com if you have any thoughts, ideas, or concerns.