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Some farewell thoughts from Dieterich

Glenville Republican Bob Dieterich thanked his supporters and warned of the country's perilous road ahead in a farewell email to his supporters.

On Tuesday, the local banker got crushed in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, in the 20th Congressional District. The full text of his email to supporters is available below.

"Although the end result may not have been what we had hoped for, I am proud of the effort we put forward and the positive, issues-based campaign we ran," wrote Dieterich.

He noted his campaign avoided any hyper-partisan rhetoric. This was in keeping with his vision of governing, saying during the campaign that he was open to new ideas and that he never toed any ideological lines.

Interestingly, Dieterich noted that this campaign had been a year long process for him, even though he didn't formally declare his candidacy until this year. Based on his email, he began meeting with people last fall about potentially running against Tonko.

He goes on to address his supporters, who were very active this campaign. One characteristic of Dieterich supporters was their constant sign waving at busy intersections. "I would also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers who gave up their evenings and weekends to knock on doors, hand out palm cards, and work our phone banks to help spread the word about my candidacy," Dieterich wrote.

He left his supporters with a message about the risks facing the country and urged them to remain engaged in the political process.

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Bob Dieterich farewell letter

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