When I started my campaign back in April, Tony Baker told me, no matter the result, do this for the experience. It was a great way for me to focus on so much more than just me winning. Rather, it was an opportunity to experience the democratic process firsthand.

This midterm, for me, was always bigger than whether or not I was elected as a GRPS Board member. But in that process, I built relationships with people whom I never would have gotten to know as well as I’ve gotten to know them unless I had gone through this process. Four of those people were elected to represent Grand Rapids as your board: Tony Baker, Kimberly Williams, Kymberlie Davis, and John Matias. 

When we built a shared lit piece saying that these were the best candidates for GRPS, I wholeheartedly believe that, and I continue to believe that.

Thank you for everyone who supported me. Thank you to Wendy Falb for supporting me and for still keeping me around even when I told her (right after she hired me) that one day I wanted to run for GRPS School Board. And thank you to the great people who supported all of us: I’m mostly looking at Phil Skaggs.

Lastly, I just want to say how great it was to see Winnie Brings become my State Senator. It’s the first time in a long time that her seat turned blue, and it’s the first time ever that her seat has been held by a woman.

Chad Patton