Dear Editor: The campaign for District 4 City Counsel is over. The incumbent won. I congratulate him and wish him well. As a first time candidate I thoroughly enjoyed my door-to-door efforts. I met an amazing variety of folks. In the process I gained a deeper appreciation for the city as well as the county. I want to thank the people who encouraged me to run and those who believed in me enough to make the effort to vote for me. As for the majority of registered voters who chose not to exercise their voting privilege I feel an echoing sadness. Currently there are thousands upon thousands of everyday people who are willing to risk their lives to gain what we take for granted. So next time the opportunity arises for we the people to make our voices heard I urge you....each and every one of you to take a stand and V O T E. There is one topic that was brought up during one of my conversations. It had to do with my religious affiliation. First of all I am a strong supporter of the separation of church and state. As for my religious tenets....I have always been and continue to be a deeply spiritual person. Seldom do I resort to the Bible in any literal sense. However, one quote that has resounded with me loud and clear for over 50 years is this: Matthew 6:5-6....King James Version as the most familiar: “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward they openly.” Gerry, I will not be a hypocrite.... not for any reason... not for any gain. My spiritual life is my own and very very private. Again, I thank each person who spent time with me, shared their concerns, treated me with warmth and respect and some of you even voted for me.