Thank you for your wonderful welcome--it's a pleasure to be here to talk to you today. Please hold your applause until the end.
In case there's anyone here who doesn't know me, my name is Rick Sainsbury, and I'm running for the U.S. Congressional seat for the First District in Massachusetts. But first, I'll be on the ballot in the primary this fall, and I hope you'll come out and vote for me.
I'm also a hometown boy, born and raised in Granford. I used to play football in high school here, and I'm proud that our team made it to the state championship when I was quarterback. Great bunch of guys—and I've asked some of them to join me on my campaign team.
But I couldn't have gotten this far without the help and support of my lovely wife Miranda. In fact, it was her father who told me that I ought to think about running for office. You may remember that for many years he was a state senator, so he knows how local politics work, and I'm grateful to him for his guidance from Day One of my campaign.
I hope that support from you, my old friends and classmates here in Granford, like Seth Chapin—hey, Seth, you in the crowd here?—will help me win the primary and move on to the November election. Granford has always been good to me, and now I want to give something back to the town.