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CHARACTER. INTEGRITY. RESULTS.

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Paul Siker

DELEGATE FOR VIRGINIA'S 33RD

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I AM GRATEFUL

When I stepped into the race for Delegate some 10 months ago, I had hoped to be an agent of change. Change for our District and for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

When I embarked on this journey, I knew it would be hard. After all, running to unseat a 4-term incumbent is difficult – running to defeat an incumbent in a heavily gerrymandered district is downright tough. There have been many days on the campaign trail where I came to understand the meaning of an “uphill battle.” 

 

Despite my greatest hopes, it looks like we have come up short. We fought the good fight, but we couldn’t get across the finish line. To say that I’m disappointed is an understatement, and I know that many of you feel the same way. To my opponent, I offer my congratulations. You won, fair and square.

 

To everyone who volunteered their time to my campaign – to everyone who donated – to everyone who canvassed, who phone banked, who wrote postcards, who came to events, who spent time getting to know me – Thank you seems so inadequate. I can’t ever truly relate my gratitude – I said a long time ago that you were the fuel for my fire. I’m so grateful for everything you did on my behalf – I’m sorry we came up short.

To my campaign team – Tyler, Claudia, Victoria, Ryan, and Daniel. What a terrific team! Seriously – I couldn’t ask for a more motivated and thoughtful team of leaders and staffers. There is a reason why people have repeatedly remarked about what a classy campaign we ran, and while we didn’t achieve our ultimate goal, there is no shame – To Tyler and Claudia, my campaign manager and finance director respectively, thank you so much for all of the experience and wisdom you brought to this race. I’m indebted to you both in more ways that I can acknowledge here. Know this – it was an honor to work with you and get to know you over the past 10 months.

There have been so many incredible people who have volunteered their time and creativity on our behalf – many have been featured in our campaign spotlights - one other that I must mention is as follows:

To my wife, Joni – Thank you for all of the encouragement and for the countless hours you listened to me. Thank you for your candor when I needed a sounding board. Thank you for maintaining a positive attitude about my run for office despite the fact that it definitely put our life plans into a different trajectory.

I want to close by saying that I will leave here this evening with zero in the way of regrets. Not one. While it’s too soon for me to comment on what the future may hold, let me say that I’m very mindful of the friends I’ve made over the course of this campaign, and I know we will remain in touch. Perhaps to fight again on another day.

PAUL SIKER - WHO I AM

I’m a seasoned entrepreneur, small business owner, engaged community volunteer and non-profit board member. I’m running for the House of Delegates (HOD) District 33 seat because residents in Western Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick Counties deserve significantly better representation in the General Assembly. The formula for my personal and professional success is simple: I listen, collaborate, build consensus, and get things done. I will bring this skill mix and a spirit of servant leadership to the role of delegate. I am a fiscal conservative and social moderate who has profound respect for our democratic institutions and freedoms. I believe in principled, transparent, and character-based leadership.

I have served on the boards of the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS), and the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. I am also engaged in other philanthropic efforts via Catoctin Presbyterian Church in Waterford, where I am an Elder.

 

The 33rd District is a special place in the Commonwealth. We live in one of the most beautiful and vibrant areas of the country. Yet, there are pressing issues that are being ignored and that call for creative solutions. My priorities include expanding the district’s rural economy; incenting preservation initiatives; addressing key transportation issues (such as the Dulles Greenway, and Rt.15 corridor); assuring social equity, sustaining our top-tier public schools; investing in rural broadband infrastructure, and appropriately pursuing green energy initiatives and environmental solutions.

See my Press Release