11-09-12 Jeff

Portrait of Jeff Dunn by Watertown, South Dakota, photographer Scott Shephard

This blog is decidedly apolitical. If there is any political content, it is so subliminal that even I am not aware of it.

That aside, in the USA we just finished conducting our once-every-four-year presidential contest and the incumbent won. In South Dakota we conducted our state legislative races and Jeff, the subject of this post, was one of the candidates. In his race the incumbent won, too, which means that Jeff, the challenger, lost.

I have never known a candidate for office who believed that he or she wasn’t good and right for the office they were running for. And I imagine that when you lose, you wonder if what you believe about yourself is true. I also know that good candidates invest not only some of their money but a good part of their heart and soul. The money can be recovered, I suppose, but a loss must cause wounds that are otherwise slow to heal. All of that makes me grateful for people like Jeff who take the risk of being a candidate.

I gladly accepted Jeff’s request to capture a casual portrait to be used in a political mailing. My motive for saying “yes” wasn’t political. My reason was that I believe that Jeff is a good and genuine person whose cause is public service. It’s hard to go wrong taking portraits of people like that. . .

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2 thoughts

  1. Way to go Jeff. I don’t know you or what office you were running for. I do know there are many good men and women who really care for our communities and our country. I’m so sorry that the word “politics” has a negative connotation. We need to start a movement to change that. That requires electing sincere, honest, hard working folks in our local government. We the people have power right in our own cities and counties. Thanks Jeff, whoever you are.

  2. A favorite reflection from one who has also expereinced a political lose: It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
    Teddy Roosevelt, speaking at the Sorbonne in Paris, April 23, 1910

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