Cheyenne Mayor-Elect Marian Orr delivers her campaign victory speech on November 8, 2016.
Wow. What a night.
I am proud to accept the only endorsement that matters. That is — the endorsement of the people!
Thank you to everyone who is here. Thank you to everyone at home. Thank you to my husband, my children, my parents, my brothers, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, my aunt-in-law and all my family.
Most of all, I want to thank the Cheyenne voters. You.
This is proof that you can run a grass roots campaign and be successful. I didn’t have a campaign team. I didn’t have a fundraising team. I didn’t a team of people knocking on doors for me.
As a result, I was outspent in the primary and in the general election. Electronic billboards everywhere, mailers, radio ads every 10 seconds.
I just thought Cheyenne voters are smarter than that. They can see through it. They want to see the candidate. They want to talk to the candidate. They want to understand what the candidate stands for.
My whole goal during this campaign was to go out and listen to the people. I started my campaign — as you know — at the Diamond Horseshoe Cafe on the south side every morning from 7am – 9am.
Some mornings, I was by myself. But as time went on, more and more people showed up.
I was there to listen.
Then I launched Door-to-Door-with-Orr. Because I viewed the election as a job interview. Many people asked me if they could join me — telling me we could hit a lot more houses that way.
I declined because I felt that the voters should talk to the person running for mayor. Not a surrogate.
Then I asked citizens on Facebook to tell me where THEY wanted me to go. They got to pick the route.
This campaign is about the people. It’s about you.
And I listened to what you said. You told me: You wanted a smaller form of government — don’t expand it. You want government to work better. You want your roads fixed. You want the infrastructure fixed. You want more cops on the street. You want city government to treat you like a customer. And you said No to the 7th penny tax.
People make a big deal about the first female mayor of Cheyenne. I don’t. This is about who can do the job the best. Regardless of gender.
I’ll tell you one thing: As mayor, I’m not going to stop listening. Someone asked me the other day if I was going to stop going to the Diamond Horseshoe once elected mayor. To that I said no way. You want to see the mayor? That’s the mayor’s second office. I love the south side. And to my friends at the Diamond Horseshoe: Margaret, James, Kendra, Carmen, and everyone, thank you for your support.
People said they’ve never seen such a hard working campaign. In the words of Bachman Turner Overdrive — and I’m dating myself — You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.
Tonight’s win is your win. Tonight’s win is a win for the people — not bought and paid for by special interests.
This is your seat. A public servant is exactly that — a public servant. I’m going to end my speech tonight the same way that I end every one of my videos:
I’m Marian Orr. AND I’M WORKING FOR YOU.