During the last year I have traveled over 75,000 miles in Alaska campaigning for governor. But it's not the miles that I will remember. It's the people. Those who've cared enough about Alaska to get involved in politics for the first time. Those who've volunteered their lawns or fences for political signs, their names for endorsements, their time for countless hours of telephone calls, writing letters and stuffing envelopes, and most of all, their enthusiasm and ideas about our state's future. I thank you sincerely for your support.
I especially want to mention those Alaskans who have questioned and demanded answers from their political leaders during this election season. Your tenacity in holding us accountable for our words and deeds is the bedrock of our democracy.
Let's continue to work at every level to keep our system strong - a system where free speech, diversity of opinion, public service and respect for our fellow Alaskans are valued.