Higher duty to the city trumps opposing beliefs
Over the past few months, Team Payne put together a great effort but Team Pratt put together a better one and she should be congratulated on her victory in the race for Lacey City Council Position 4. I am on board to help make Council member Pratt’s time in office as successful as possible.
I thank my family, volunteers, supporters, and the Lacey community for their support. The entire process was a ball, challenging, instructive, and fun from beginning to end. I know that many of my supporters are disappointed. I am too. Nevertheless, our disappointment must be overcome by our love of our city.
We do not feel defeated. We raised issues that are going to have to be discussed such as private sector job creation, the role of government, and environmental policy. While we yet hold and do not yield our opposing beliefs, we owe a higher duty to our city.
As for what I will do next, I do not quite know, but I am sure my days of seeking elected office have ended. This process helped me come to know myself and know the democratic process better. I am sure I will stay active in the community and but most importantly, I will give full attention to my most important responsibilities, being a husband and father.
I woke of this morning with no regrets, just as I promised during my kick-off.
RAYMOND “RAY” PAYNE Lacey