Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose by Drew Pritt

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Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose by Drew Pritt

Drew Pritt

Then it’s Election Day and Election Night. The pressure and anxiety mounts and the votes come in. The result is in and …. you lost …. losing sucks!

The voters have spoken and they have chosen Donna Renee Massey to serve another term as Justice of the Peace, in District # 6. This was a hard fought race but I said regardless of who wins, the people of District 6 would have someone who would fight hard for them and for this wonderful county. Some political prognosticators would like to say, I lost because of this, that, etc. Maybe if I had raised more money. Maybe if I had had more volunteers. If more calls, doors knocked, but folks that doesn’t matter. Politics has become personal for some. For me, it’s not. It’s like sports. I went onto the field, I gave it my all, and I got beat. But at the end of the day I will disagree with someone I dearly love and respect in politics, it is NOT about whether you win or lose, but it really is about how you play the game. I ran a hard race, Donna ran a hard race, the voters chose Donna.

So many people I want to say  thank you to and you who were close to me, who were my core, I am thankful. You could have walked away but you didn’t and I am so grateful.

I want to use the quote of someone who I admired greatly and it sums up how I feel. It was that iconic message by Ted Kennedy that even today still resonates with this campaign: “For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

There’s a depression that sets in, when you are a candidate, the following days after an election. When a campaign starts, you have to adjust your life, make allowances in your schedule, and try as you might not want to, get caught up in the moment. But in a campaign you are dialing for dollars, going to events, knocking on doors, just go go go. You have bothered your family and friends for donations so they politely are not as talkative. You have been focused on one thing, Election Day, and winning. It’s a crescendo that builds. Then after Election Night, after you pick up your signs, say your thank you’s, Thursday arrives and you do the dishes, and rearrange things in the house, and are only able to do so much organizing or cleaning before you realize …. not only is the campaign over but you have so much more time. So in my case, I make another cup of coffee and contemplate, what will I do with my life.

Losing a race is like a divorce or bad breakup. It takes time and it’s a wound. You have to heal and you have to find yourself. But in those quiet moments you find what you really enjoy. You find who your core self is all about. And it’s refreshing because you find you.

And when the next election rolls around and you get the emails and phone calls to Run (insert name) Run, you honestly smile and say, “Maybe.”

Drew Pritt,  a Democratic campaign staffer & advisor for well over fifty campaigns in elections for over two decades. In 2006, he was the first openly gay candidate to run statewide in a bid for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor in Arkansas. He resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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