One of our favorite quotes comes from Teddy Roosevelt:
"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."
All who joined us in the arena dared greatly over the last 15 months. We were honored and grateful to have you with us at our sides.
In the beginning, few gave us a chance. Undaunted, we cast a bold vision and fueled it with ideas, passion and a whole lot of old-fashion hard work. Our efforts earned grassroots support across the state, and soon we were shaping the discussion of the campaign. Everywhere our message was heard, we won. At the finish line, though, while we were not outworked, we were greatly outspent. We came up short. This time.
To Senator Hudgens and Maria Sheffield, both of whom worked diligently to make the runoff, we offer our congratulations. Our prayers are with you.
To our exceptional team, volunteers and core supporters, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We treasure you, always.
To the hundreds who engaged in political process for the first time through our campaign, stay in the fight. Georgia, and America, need you.
To the 71,000 Georgians who cast a vote for us in our first time in the arena, thank you. We are not going away.
To Georgia, let's dare greatly together to make our state a model for the nation. Too much is at stake for any of us to sit on the sidelines.
Leaders lead. We press on. We dare greatly.
Our very best,
Gerry & Julianne Purcell