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Re: [mike-franco-for-ma-governor-council] Where We Were, Where We Are & The Future - Thank You.

From: user 1.
Sent on: Friday, November 5, 2010 7:20 PM
Nice try Mike! 
It was an honor to support you and thanks for all your input in the general elections. The "People" have to keep trying - fighting...
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From: Mike Franco <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Fri, Nov 5,[masked]:29 pm
Subject: [mike-franco-for-ma-governor-council] Where We Were, Where We Are & The Future - Thank You.

Dear Friends & Supporters of the Governor's Council Challenge in the 8th 

We had lots of great things happen on the campaign trail with many awesome 
people helping in very creative and fun ways. However, we fell a little short 
and we're not quite within striking distance just yet.

Having been in this business for a while, I believe there is much success to 
proclaim here today, including what we've learned about the role of the 
Executive Board of the Governor's Council, as well as the responsibilities and 
duties of its members. We can cover the ���dry��� stuff again at a later date.

This was our third time out for the position, and we've made improvements every 
step of the way. In 2006, our campaign received only 22 percent in a 3-way race. 
We didn't win any of the 93 cities and towns, but we came in second, beating a 
prominent Springfield attorney. Then in 2008, we earned 30-31 percent in a 
head-to-head race with progressive Democrat, judge-lawyer, Thomas Merrigan, 
incumbent Councilor.

We won four suburban towns to include E. Long., Wilbraham, Hampden, Southwick 
and two hill towns which were Granville and Tolland. We almost tied in a few 
others like Longmeadow, and did very well in numerous others.

Now, in 2010, we've achieved just short of 38 percent in another contest with 
the Judge. We learned how to assert ourselves more, taking some measured 
chances. The environment was right. As a result, we won more than 12 cities and 
towns, tying a few once again, and doing well in numerous others.

Each time, we spent only a few thousand dollars of our treasure to their 10's of 
thousands of dollars. My thoughts this cycle were that "it would be a 'great 
success' if we broke 40% and if we made 51% or greater that would be a 
'miracle'." Well, like I said, we fell a little short. The Democrats had a 
"group hug" and pulled it all together last minute.

We've learned a lot about campaigning and who our opponents are along the way 
because we had a team on the field just about all the time. Well. Is it time to 
rest? Maybe for a short while. But, only so we may prepare to fight another day!

I'm honored to have your support and friendship. Thank you.

Mike Franco
"Ready to Serve..."

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