Letter: Benoit thanks Senate District 19 voters

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I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to the many volunteers who assisted me in my campaign for the District 19 state Senate seat. Your willingness to make phone calls, go door to door in all weather, put my signs on your lawns, support me with clean elections donations, letters in the papers, and constant encouragement along the way is appreciated more than you know.

While I will not be serving in the Senate, I will continue to work with many of you behind the scenes to make our state a better place to live. I started my career in public service and volunteerism at a young age delivering Meals on Wheels and canvassing my neighborhood for the Jimmy Fund and Red Cross with my mother who instilled in me, that it is what you do when no one is looking that defines your character.

A special thanks to all the veterans and service members who worked so hard on my behalf. I stand firmly on your shoulders when I say, as the daughter of a World War II Purple Heart recipient and wife of a Vietnam veteran, I will forever continue to cover my heart with my hand and pledge my allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

A final thank you to the people who took the time to vote whether it was for me or my opponents. You are the ones who make our democracy work.

Paula Benoit