Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Governor-elect feels ?blessed?

There are no words to fully express how humble and grateful we feel for the support we received and the warmth we felt from people throughout Idaho during the campaign for governor.

No matter which candidate you supported, it was energizing and encouraging for us to see so many good people devoting themselves to advancing the public understanding of our potential as a state and as Idahoans.

Now that the election is behind us, the real work will begin. Yet, we want to take just a moment now and ask you to reflect on what we already have accomplished together.

We have set the tone and the direction for Idaho's future.

It involves public servants and private citizens working together for the greater good of our state.

It involves a greater understanding of the responsibilities as well as the opportunities afforded by citizenship, and the duty each of us has to showing civic virtue by advancing the frontiers of freedom.

We are indeed blessed by having the trust of Idaho's people. Now we must justify that trust. Like any other kind of public service, holding elected office is not about advancing a personal or partisan agenda. It is about helping and empowering the individuals and families of our great state to be the architects of their own destinies.

That is the task before us. That is the only mandate we should ever claim. And the fruits of our labors will be an Idaho as great as the people who call it home.

Once again, thank you for all you have done and will do in the future. We will do our best to live up to your highest expectations for Idaho and for the office of governor.

Lori and C.L. "Butch" Otter

First lady and governor-elect

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