As I prepare to go to Congress and celebrate the holidays with my family I want each of you to know how much I appreciate each of you for the interest you have shown not only in winning back North Carolina's Eighth District, but for the active interest you take in our Democracy each and every day of the year. I hope you all realize the importance of your actions and the huge contribution you make as you spend your precious time campaigning and keeping the important issues of the day on the forefront.
In my family we've been doing some soul searching over the last few days and thinking a lot about how short life can be. One of my daughter's best friends, Katelyn Watts, was killed in a tragic car accident last week. Katelyn had been one of my students at East Montgomery High School and had a bright future ahead of her, you could see it now at only 17 years old. Losing someone so young makes time seem all the more precious and I have thought a lot about the job ahead of me and making the most of the next two years for the people I will be representing. I will look forward to being here at BlueNC with you all in the coming years and I know together there is a lot of good we can do.
Now as we pause to celebrate and spend time with our families, please know you and yours are in my thoughts and that I am thankful for your friendship. Happy Holidays!