Chad Odom’s first try at public office had just come up 225 votes short Saturday night, losing a tight race for the Minden mayor’s seat to Tommy Davis.
But the Chad Odom who spoke to a group of about 30 advisors and campaign workers shortly after the votes were tallied didn’t exactly sound like a candidate who had just finished second.
“It’s about sticking to ideas and facts so we can move forward,” Odom said. “We can’t let it die because we are discouraged, because we lost one little battle. There’s a war going on for our town, our economy, for our kids coming back home.”
Odom said his campaign created a stir in the community.
“We caused some of the most powerful people in Minden to spend a lot of money trying to beat a good idea,” he said. “We’re not going away, not going to pretend this didn’t happen. The important thing is we continue pushing toward what we want as a community.”
Odom said he was not discouraged by the results of the campaign and would use the lessons learned for the foundation for future success.
“We’re young, we’re smart, we’re principled, we’re determined…we have great things ahead of us,” he said. “Don’t let this setback stop us. We will learn, we will persevere because we have the greater good in mind.”
Individuals who worked on his campaign “have the ability to motivate people to do something that is bigger than themselves,” Odom said. Experiences of each individual involved in his campaign are valuable, he added.
“It doesn’t feel good when you put effort into something and don’t get the result you wanted. This is the start of something great. We all have experiences…that can contribute to Minden, to south Webster Parish and to the State of Louisiana,” he said.