Never say "die." My running mate and I lost the local election by a wide margin.
While I am disappointed, my actual feelings are mixed. Not being an elected official does allow me a lot more freedom to be an activist without the obligations of office. I was, of course, hoping to do battle from the inside for a while, but I've been pretty effective on the outside, so that's where I'll stay for the time being.
Losing is never quite a pleasant experience, but when you run on an Independent ticket as we did, you run the risk in a serious way. It's kind of a sad commentary on American politics that third party candidates rarely win, but we went in knowing that.
For now, we are just going to sit back, take a deep breath and consider the future.
Will I run again? Hard to say. But for now, I am just going to take a bit of a break and enjoy being retired.