Epperson Grateful For Chance In Local Elections

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I would like to thank everyone who voted for me this election, and while I may not have been successful, my belief in the political processes is stronger than ever. We live in a democracy, we have the right to vote to choose who will represent the needs of the many, and that is a fantastic thing! I would also like to thank all those who voted for my former opponent, for it is all of you who voted who help to keep the democratic process alive and working for the betterment of us all.

I would also like to say congrats to my former opponent, Pam Hurst.

While I may have been vying for the same position, I wish Mrs. Hurst the best as Register of Deeds. I also wish to congratulate all the other successful candidates this season, and whether former incumbent or challenger, I hope everyone will remember to discharge the duties of their office with honesty, integrity, and act only for the betterment of Hamilton County.

I'm glad that I got involved, I have learned a lot about the political process and about myself during my time contending for office, and I plan to continue to get involved at all levels in the future. Thank you again to everyone who came out in support of the democratic process this election season.

Ryan Epperson

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