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Where We Were, Where We Are & The Future - Thank You.

From: Mike F.
Sent on: Friday, November 5, 2010 6:29 PM
Dear Friends & Supporters of the Governor's Council Challenge in the 8th District:

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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