Dear Dylan,

Someone once said “public office is the rent you pay for living in a democracy.” By running for Stony Point supervisor you have embraced this ideal and for that you have my sincere appreciation.

I know how difficult it is to put your life on hold, to balance the family, the job, and the campaign – facing a formidable adversary with the advantage of party backing and incumbent resources. Losing an election is not pleasant. You can being to second-guess yourself and others, while wondering what went wrong and what you could have done differently. I have been there and I know how that feels.

At the same time, there should be a keen sense of pride and accomplishment. You have proved you have the character and it took courage, determination, and a strong sense of purpose to announce your candidacy, develop your campaign and talk about the issues that were important to you. Your efforts and sacrifices helped make democracy a little stronger. I am sure public service is in your future if you so desire it.

As many of you know, I’m fond of saying “you never know what can happen in politics.” Again, thank you for bringing democracy to the heart of Stony Point and giving the residents a choice.


Ricky Sanchez
Former deputy mayor and trustee
Village of Haverstraw

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