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!