Dear Friends and Family,
I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that been involved with my campaign for the US House of Representatives NC District 1 race this year. So many people have financially contributed, helped give out business cards, spoken with friends, put out signs, served as interns, and prayed for me. The Lord has been good to me and protected me and my family through this time. It is my prayer that everything I said and did during this campaign honored Him.
When I paid the filing fee back in March 2016, I knew this would be a difficult campaign. The first district has been a democratic district for over 133 years. The democratic machine has gotten more people to the polls and more people distributing literature at every polling site - both early voting as well as election day. The democratic organization has energized their base to go into the nursing homes, make contact with shut ins, chase down every absentee voter, signed up new voters, gone door to door, and offer rides to those that cannot go vote without their help. I am not saying this as someone that is upset, bitter or angry. In is an acknowledgement that the first congressional district democratic party is unified and has gotten their ground game together better than the republican party.
It is way too soon to say if I will run again or not. Many people have encouraged me to not give up but to run again. What I have learned, will help me in the future if I do decide to run again. I know our district desperately needs a new direction with new leadership.
I want to encourage GK Butterfield and his staff to work with our newly elected President Donald Trump and the Republican majority in the US Senate and the US House. Our district needs someone that will work to help our district get the resources it needs to succeed more than it needs for you to continue the partisan rhetoric in Washington DC. This will not help us here in Eastern North Carolina. If anything, it will only alienate you from those that will be able to help North Carolina.
I want to thank the 100,000 + voters that turned out yesterday and voted for H. Powell Dew, Jr. Your voice has been heard and I appreciate your support and vote.
Thank you again friends and family!
H. Powell Dew, Jr.