After months of work, the election results are in and I want to thank the voters of Cary for the support they showed me in the AT Large council race. It encourages me that my work over the last seven months has been acknowledged and affirmed and I thank all my supporters for that.

I want to thank those who set their routines aside, who cared enough to get involved and help me deliver my message to the voters for Cary. We had folks from all parts of Cary; moms and dads, working and retired, trades and professionals, each of whom joined together to do something many had never done before…..getting involved in a local election. Something surprising happed in the process as we got to know each other better. We worked hard, made new friends and learned more than we thought we knew about Cary, its neighborhoods and what its citizens care about. It was a lot of work, but also great fun to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

In the end the voters decided, and it will be my honor to represent ALL of Cary on the town council for the next four years.

I also want to thank and acknowledge my opponents in this race. First, Susan Lawson and Roger Hill both cared enough about their town to step forward and enter this race. I did not know either of them before they filed and we learned over time that we cared about the same issues. I thank them for putting the best interests of Cary ahead of their own political ambitions when they withdrew from the race to support me.

Second, I want to thank Tommy Byrd, my final opponent on Election Day. Tommy also cares about Cary and ran a good campaign. Both of us take pride that our race did not blame anyone for anything. Rather we talked about our views on the issues, both current and future. I think the voters appreciated that refreshing change.

Cary citizens, I appreciate your support and confidence. I will give you my best efforts, knowing we will not always agree on every issue, but you will always know why I voted for or against an issue. I’ll listen to all sides and then decide. I will use this time to work hard with one goal in mind… making Cary an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

Erv Portman

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