Thank you for your most gracious letter of congratulations about the election. I wish we both could have won. It was a close race and I was honored to have you as a challenger during the campaign.
In a way, we both can still help our community; I intend to accept your offer of assistance and call on you to work with me on community business in the coming year. Your experience at dealing with issues and concerns of local government are something which should not be overlooked by the incoming administration.