Rep.-Elect looks ahead

With the election over, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the more than 160,000 voters from throughout this great coastal district - from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border - who placed their trust and confidence in me to represent them in Congress.

Our strong victories in both the primary and general elections wouldn't have been possible without my first-rate campaign staff and the hundreds of volunteers and grassroots supporters who worked so hard on my campaign over the past eighteen months. My sincere thanks to all of you!

I also want to express my respect and appreciation for my opponents, starting with my general election opponent Dan Roberts, who ran a vigorous and classy campaign.Dan and I disagreed on many issues, but we treated each other with respect and avoided personal attacks.

I also commend the 10 other candidates who participated in the primary election. Running for Congress, especially in a huge, diverse district like this, takes guts, hard work and a major commitment of time, resources and emotional capital. Each of my opponents ran with passion and they challenged me to be the best candidate I could be, which in turn will make me a better congressman.

I hope that our 100 percent positive, issue-based campaign helps debunk the conventional political thinking that only negative campaigns can win. Choosing the high road in this congressional race was more than just a good political strategy; it also set a tone of respect that we need in Washington, D.C., and I intend to carry that message into the 113th Congress when it convenes in January.

I'm excited to get to work on the many challenges and opportunities facing our country. Please be assured that whether or not you voted for me, I will work hard to represent everyone in this great district, regardless of party affiliation, and to help restore civility and problem solving to Congress.

Thank you for the honor of being your next member of Congress.

Jared Huffman, Santa Rosa

Why did McNamer run?

Our election cycle has ended and the work of the Board of Supervisors will begin soon.

I was surprised to read in the Triplicate that Martha McClure, a sitting supervisor, had donated money to LeslieMcNamer's re-election campaign.

The State Board of Elections has no problem with McClure's right to back any candidate she wishes to, but it may give the appearance of "buying" a vote in a crucial matter.

Mrs. McNamer had the help of several local popular Democrats with cash or office space being paid for. Roger Gitlin, on the other hand, was mostly self-financed and trusted in going door to door talking to people to win their votes, a strategy that paid off.

I trust Mrs. McNamer will regain her health, but I do wonder why she was running for re-election since, as she has said, her health prohibited her from going door to door talking with residents of the First District.

Marlowe Thompson, Crescent City