To the Editor:
Congratulations to John Rey.
While this was not the outcome we had hoped for, I am very proud of the Groce for Mayor Campaign.
I am grateful for the many experiences I have gained and important lessons learned. In that regard, I won as well.
I want to thank all the volunteers who worked tirelessly for our campaign and all the generous supporters who donated.
I also want to thank everyone who voted for me.
I am honored.
We ran a very ethical campaign and focused on key policy issues. We drove an important dialogue that I know the three other candidates became aware of and started to discuss.
Issues of crime, living wage jobs, housing and working more closely with NIU remain, and I hope to be able to further those efforts by supporting John and all the newly elected leaders.
Each of the mayoral candidates got to know one another fairly well over the past few weeks, and I think we all appreciate the dedication we have for DeKalb.
Now we must show our continued dedication by supporting John as our new mayor and working together as a community to make DeKalb stronger.
I wish John the very best and know he will work hard for DeKalb.
I encourage the community ot reach out to John to offer your support and willingness to help. We cannot lose sight of this critical moment for our community.
There is much to do at hand to move DeKalb forward and it will require all of us working together.
Thank you again for the many kind words, generous support and endless dedication. This is only the beginning.
I am a lucky woman and am excited to continue to be involved in the future of NIU and DeKalb.
Jennifer L. Groce