Monday, February 15, 2010

Facebook page up and running!

We finally buckled down and created a Facebook page after multiple requests for same. The page launched late last week and over 300 friends have signed up as "Fans". Facebook is a far more hospitable venue for posting multiple photos so check the site frequently for photo additions. We also very much enjoy the interaction with friends, old and new. So please visit, become a fan, leave a comment or two, and join us as we march towards the Fall general election.

John has been busy with post primary activities. We think we have most of the campaign signs down and stored temporarily. A huge thank you to Jack Murhpy of Murphy's U-Store-It who donated the use of a storage facility. He has beautiful facilities all over Illinois so if you need a little extra elbow room in your home, consider giving him a call. If you still have a sign in your yard please store it in your garage until Fall, or give us a call at 251-VOTE(8683) and we can pick it up for you.

This weekend we plan to take the kids on a mini-vacation to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. If you haven't been there yet you don't know what you are missing! Definitely one of our favorite destinations!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Primary Victory!

The campaign is pleased to report that the final results have been tallied and John P. Vespa has won the GOP nomination for Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit (Vespa vacancy) with 47% of the vote. We are elated and very grateful to the voters. We feel that John's moderate and principled upbringing, reasoned and calm demeanor, strong background in law enforcement and community service, and his ability to reach out to and connect with people from varied walks of life resonated with the voters.

John wants to thank his extended family, his many friends and supporters, his life-long friends who have stood beside him, and those that he works with on a daily basis and strongly support his campaign.

He also would like to recognize the worthiness of his opponents, Valerie Moehle Umholtz and Bruce Thiemenn, both outstanding individuals and attorneys who brought their considerable respective talents to the table. We are proud of not only our campaign but theirs. This race was "fact and ideas based" and featured a very high level of discourse that served the voters well. As mud is being flung about in other races, John felt fortunate to be in a race where all the candidates demonstrated a mutual respect toward one another and maintained their focus on the public for whom they wish to serve.

We now move on to the General Election, with an election date of November 2, 2010. John's Democratic opponent is attorney Chris Spanos.

We may take a few weeks off the campaign trail to clean our house and focus on our children, but will be back better and stronger than ever to complete the final phase of this extraordinarily exciting journey. Thank you to all of the blog readers, our friends and family, the campaign volunteers who worked so tirelessly, and of course the voters! We are truly humbled by the honor of participating in the democratic process. God bless you all!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Election Eve!

Well the primary election day is upon us and tomorrow by this time we should know the results of our efforts. Throughout the campaign season, I was worried about this night - worried that we would be so nervous we wouldn't be able to sleep. But a strange calm has settled over the house. A calm that has emerged from the knowledge that we have given it all we got. We truly feel that no stone has been left unturned, and win or lose, that's all we got! We hope that we have touched everyone in some way and not been too annoying.

Our wish for tomorrow is that many, many people vote. We are so privileged to live in a democracy, but a democracy must be cherished and nurtured through our close attention and participation. We have both felt humbled and privileged to be a part of the process.

Tomorrow we invite you to join us for an election eve party at Agatucci's restaurant on University Drive. We will have the entire restaurant to ourselves and we hope to see many familiar smiling faces.

Here is a note from John:

Dear Friends,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your assistance in my campaign. I am truly humbled by your loyalty. Whether you marched in parades, walked neighborhoods, wrote letters, attended fundraisers, put up yard signs, or performed some other helpful activity, I truly appreciate it.

Tomorrow is Election Day. We will find out how successful our efforts were. Regardless of the Election Night outcome, your support has been overwhelming. If we are successful, our journey will be only partially complete. We will then move on to the General campaign, which has an Election Day of November 2nd.

We live in the greatest country in the world and it has been an honor to participate in its political process. I have gained an immeasurable amount of knowledge on the campaign trail, and I will never forget the kindness that was extended to my family by so many of you.

I look forward to seeing all of you at Agatucci’s on Election Night, beginning at 7:00 p.m.. We can watch the results come in together.

Thank you so much. Words can not express the gratitude I feel toward all of you right now. God bless you.

John P. Vespa
Attorney At Law
411 Hamilton Blvd.
Suite 1900
Peoria, Illinois 61602
Phone: 309-671-0700
Fax: 309-673-8791
Criminal Law and Family Law

Honorable mention

On January 31, an article relating to the efforts of some local campaigns to connect with voters on-line appeared in the Peoria Journal Star. You'll notice some comments by me relating to this blog so check it out! Thank you to reporter Ruth Longoria Kingsland for the nice coverage on an interesting and emerging topic.