Defeated candidate congratulates opponent

To the editor:

I wish to congratulate Rick Lambert on his election to the Kingman justice of the peace bench.

Moreover, I wish to thank the Christian community of the area for the warm and open reception our message was given throughout the election cycle.

Although the Wolfson for Justice of the Peace campaign was not successful in swaying a majority of the vote this election, it was able to demonstrate that a conservative Democrat with Christian values strikes a chord among a broad range of voters.

Difficult although it may be to believe, there are fully committed, born-again, conservative Christians who are not Republican.

The message that the Republican party, in and of itself, is not a badge of faith, played a substantial part in explaining why some traditional Republican voter base turned out for the Wolfson campaign in this election.

I think that this campaign has proven that unless pocketbook issues get in the way, voters will vote their values rather than cow-tow to a politics of fear. Instead of being motivated by fear, I think our society, our culture and our country now seeds a politics of meaning. Mere rhetoric from mean-spirited attack ads have so jaded us that many have just completely turned away from this wonderful gift of freedom.

America wants the truth. Really, that is all we have ever wanted, isn't it? That is what we tried to bring to our small-town, local election.

When God closes a door, He opens another. For me, this election was a "God thing." I was called to raise up a banner of hope and compassion in political debate, to speak the truth honestly and without constraint.

Even though it required a legal challenge to try to overcome the free speech restraints imposed by Arizona election rules upon judicial candidates (litigation is still coming, I wish to thank the Kingman area, Golden Valley, Yucca and Wickieup for the opportunity that allowed me to attempt to present a meaningful campaign.

To both our supporters and detractors, I do not intend to fade away. Every year is an election year.

Truth and honesty in political debate are just the tonic for which our weary political system thirsts. I intend to be here to sprinkle a little of that medicine around. If the Lord may permit me, see you next time.

Randolph D. Wolfson Esq.

Golden Valley