As the fall leaves pass their peak throughout the state, an old year is coming to a close, and a new year is soon upon us. In spite of the lack of snow here in the metro, this is still the most wonderful time of the year as we spend time with family, reunite with friends and enjoy each other's company over community meals.
It is that time of the year that we see the very best of our neighbors. Many of you will volunteer and give back to a great community that has always been there for you. It is the time of the year that we ring bells for donations, participate in office food shelf drives, give to local toy drives, and serve others in countless ways.
With Thanksgiving upon us, I want to give thanks for all of your friendship, support and encouragement throughout the years. When the new year starts, I will enter my last legislative session at our magnificent state capitol. I could not have done the important things that matter most to our community without your support each step of the way. I am blessed to have had your insights, wisdom and engagement in helping craft meaningful public policy.
Along this great journey, I have made many new friends. One of those good friends is Jay Xiong. Over the years, Jay has not only been an active constituent, but a dedicated public servant, having worked as an aide alongside myself and others here at the capitol. Jay has announced that he plans to run for the seat I currently hold. I am proud for all the great work we have done together, and it's important to pass the baton to a new generation of leaders who will take us into the next chapter. I am proud to support my good friend Jay Xiong as he runs for state house here in 67 B. I hope you take an opportunity to meet with Jay to learn more about his values and visions for the East Side. And I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving weekend.
State Representative - House District 67B